Recruiting Expert Teachers into High-Needs Schools: Leadership, Money, and Colleagues


  • Audrey Amrein-Beardsley Arizona State University



Teacher recruitment, teacher retention, teacher quality, educational policy, urban education, survey research


Teacher quality experts are urging policymakers to identify and target expert teachers and entice them to teach in high-needs schools. To understand what this might take, expert teachers in Arizona were surveyed to understand their job-related preferences to inform future recruitment policies. Findings should inform others about the important factors educational policymakers might consider when thinking about recruiting expert teachers into high-needs schools. These factors include the quality of the principal; salary, bonuses, and benefits; and the degree to which expert teachers can work in multiple roles to enhance student learning.


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Author Biography

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Arizona State University

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley is currently an Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research interests include educational policy, research methods, and more specifically, high-stakes tests and value-added measurements and systems. In addition, she researches aspects of teacher quality and teacher education. She is also the creator and host of a show titled Inside the Academy during which she interviews some of the top educational researchers in the academy. 




How to Cite

Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2012). Recruiting Expert Teachers into High-Needs Schools: Leadership, Money, and Colleagues. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20, 27.




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