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Teacher turnover

CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.

Numbers that Count: Chicago School Policy Forum

Schools, social service agencies, government agencies and other outside institutions can "get on the same page" to help children succeed in school by focusing on tracking key indicators that lead to higher achievement such as attendance and grades. Speakers at this year's first Chicago School Policy Forum on Feb. 20 talked about numbers that count: Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium on Chicago School Research talked about the consortium's ground-breaking work developing the 'freshman on-track indicator"; Beshon Smith of Baltimore City Schools explained how the district and outside partners honed in on improving attendance; and Colleen Cichetti of Children's Hospital discussed suspensions and how to improve discipline with social-emotional learning.

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