Finding and retaining effective teachers is one of the surest ways to improve student outcomes, according to research published in the Elementary School Journal and the Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education. But tight budgets take obvious solutions, like increased compensation packages and aggressive recruitment campaigns, off the table. So what options remain that won’t break the district budget?

At Colonial (DE) School District, we’ve focused on offering our most effective teachers clear, cost-effective opportunities for various leadership roles and paths for advancement.

We recognize that not all great teachers want to become administrators....

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Peter Leida is an assistant superintendent at Colonial (DE) School District. He has more than 20 years of experience in K–12 education. and holds a doctorate of education with a focus on educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.