The following is a list of recent resources for those focused on the professional improvement of teachers, principals, and other educational leaders.

What We Know About Differential and Performance Pay for Teachers  Among governors’ State of the State addresses this year, a majority spoke about teacher compensation, including differential pay that attracts teachers to certain schools or positions and pay-for-performance programs that reward teachers.

Essential Policies and Practices for Grow Your Own Programs  Developed in collaboration with New America’s Grow Your Own (GYO) Advisory Group, this resource is undergirded by research on how GYO programs remove barriers and promote the persistence of linguistically and racially diverse teacher candidates within educator preparation programs. (New America)

Webinar: Strengthening Principal Preparation Through On-the-Job Training  Join a webinar on Wednesday, April 24, at 12 p.m. ET to hear lessons learned from an effort by KIPP—a charter management organization—to prepare assistant principals as principals through job-embedded training. To accommodate its rapid growth in recent years, the KIPP charter network has developed strategies for developing assistant principals into instructional leaders.

Here’s a web site you must visit. It is the Learning Policy Institute‘s 2018 interactive page for “understanding teacher shortages.” There’s a map on it; click on Illinois. Then click where it says “Teaching Attractiveness Rating”; a drop-down menu gives you lots of choices. Illinois’ rating will show up below the map.  Examples: On “Compensation,” Illinois is above-average, in the 4th quintile. The state has a top rating, a 5th quintile score, on “Classroom Autonomy.” On “% Teachers of Color,” Illinois is in the 4th quintile nationally and tops in the Midwest. In most categories, Illinois is average, in the 3rd quintile.

Deans for Impact Launches Teacher Prep Learning Science Initiative  Deans for Impact, a coalition of college deans and leaders from traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs across the country, will choose five to seven of those programs for a new initiative focused on better preparing future teachers to incorporate cognitive science into their practice. (Education Dive)

States’ Standards for Teachers Don’t Define Culturally Responsive Teaching, Study Argues  The study found that while all states already incorporate some aspects of culturally responsive teaching within their professional teaching standards, most fail to provide a description of the practice that is clear or comprehensive enough to support teachers in developing and strengthening those skills. (Education Week)