Research confirms what many of us know from experience: great teachers are key to student learning. And great school leaders set the conditions that enable teachers to do their best for students. PERC's research in this focus area examines characteristics of the teacher and leader workforce in Philadelphia and strategies for recruiting, developing, and retaining effective school personnel.


This study examines how many District teachers left their schools and maps their destinations to other District schools, Philadelphia charter schools, other public schools in Pennsylvania, or elsewhere.
Publication date: September 2018
Authors: Matthew Steinberg, Ruth Curran Neild, W. Kyle Canuette, Sharin Park, Emily Schulman, and Melissa Wright
This report provides evidence on principal mobility among traditional public schools in the School District of Philadelphia and charter public schools located in Philadelphia during the 2007-08 through 2015-16 school years.
Publication date: January 2019
Authors: Matthew Steinberg, Haisheng Yang