ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT TEACHERS AND LEADERS
At PERC, we want to serve as a bridge between education research and practice in Philadelphia. In addition to publishing original studies, we spread the word about other resources that are relevant to our focus areas, based on rigorous research, and freely available.
We regularly update this curated collection with new materials, so check back often!
Studies of Philadelphia's teacher workforce across the decades
Once & For All: Placing a Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Philadelphia Classroom (2003)
This report, the first of three published by Research for Action from 2003-2007, examines staffing challenges faced by the District, including insufficient numbers of qualified teachers, high-turnover schools, and vacancies. The report also describes the District's initiative to improve teacher recruitment and retention.
This report was authored by Ruth Curran Neild, Elizabeth Useem, Eva Travers, and Joy Lesnick and published by Research for Action.
The Quest for Quality: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Philadelphia (2005)
This report updates the data presented in the 2003 report, Once & for All: Placing a Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Philadelphia Classroom. This report shows trends in teacher staffing, with a focus on new teachers, and examines the District's efforts address three thorny problems related to the teacher workforce: declining numbers of certified teachers, high turnover among new teachers, and inequities in the assignment of qualified teachers to schools.
This report was authored by Ruth Curran Neild, Elizabeth Useem, and Elizabeth Farley and published by Research for Action.
Closing the Teacher Quality Gap in Philadelphia: New Hope and Old Hurdles (2007)
This report updates two previous teacher workforce reports (2003 and 2005) with data from the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years. The report also examines new pieces of the teacher staffing puzzle: the expansion of school-based hiring procedures and the reduction in seniority-based transfer opportunities, both of which were included in the 2004 contract between the school district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
This report was authored by Elizabeth Useem, Robert Offenberg, and Elizabeth Farley and published by Research for Action.