“We also need to develop a career arc for teaching and a differentiated salary structure to match it. Like medical residents in teaching hospitals, rookie teachers should be carefully overseen by experts as they move from apprenticeship to proficiency, and then mastery. Early- to mid-career teachers need time to collaborate and explore new directions — having mastered the basics, this is the stage when they can refine their skills. The system should reward master teachers with salaries commensurate with leading professionals in other fields.”
Competitive mentorship programs would also be valuable — I’ve had incredible professional educators (Spencer Brodie, Orville Bell, Leslie Hughes, John Browne) who deserve recognition and rewards heaped on them.
[Teachers: Will We Ever Learn? - Jal Mehta, NYT]