Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit educational organization with offices in Illinois and Washington, D.C., has been awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Education to establish a new National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. The center’s mission is to ensure a highly qualified teacher in every classroom. Toward this end, the center will provide guidance for strengthening the quality of teaching–especially in high-poverty, low-performing, and hard-to-staff schools–as well as schools that serve students with special needs. The center’s web site provides interactive databases, comprehensive research studies, publications, and other resources that address the topics of teacher preparation; recruitment and retention; certification and licensure; accountability and advancement; and No Child Left Behind. A section called “Emerging Strategies and Best Practices” contains information on issues such as performance-based pay, other financial incentives, improving the workplace environment of teachers, mentoring and supporting new teachers, and more.

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