In a recent op-ed published by the New York Post, StudentsFirstNY's Anna Hall talks about learning first-hand - as a former teacher, UFT chapter chair, and principal - that the most important factor in a child's succcess is the quality of his or her teacher. The leadership team at the Bronx Academy of Letters works with new teachers to develop skills and invest in their growth as educators.
Hall discussed the program further, saying:
Developing this team hasn’t been easy — union regulations and the rules that govern teachers’ certification, evaluation, tenure and opportunities for advancement often defy research and common sense. But our investment has paid off: Our most effective teachers have generally stayed with us for four to seven years.