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Responses to the question “What is your professional role, and where do you see yourself in the next 5 years” were graphed in the  ASCD SmartBrief “ED Pulse” from January 19, 2012. See the responses below:

Consider the following table that presents this same ASCD data broken out by role (administrator or teacher) and perception (in same role or different role in 5 years):

This ASCD SmartBrief reader poll finds nearly 60-percent of the current teacher and administrator respondents see themselves in a different role in the next 5 years. Unfortunately, the number of responses to the poll is not provided. However, regardless of whether these teachers and leaders see themselves “leaving education” or “moving to a (higher) administrative position” it means that school districts will need to actively recruit, retain, coach, and support new teachers and administrators to fill these vacancies.

This highlights the importance of teacher and leader development for school districts. Too often institutions, companies, and agencies take their high achieving individuals and “throw” them into vacated leadership/administrative roles; it happened this way for two of us in Studer Education early in our careers. The professional futures and successes of these new administrators depend on both the organizations’ ability to develop them and the individual’s self-development (see Kouzes and Posner, 2002). The same holds for new teachers; that is, school leaders must know how to lead teachers to become great.

In 2010-11 Studer Education worked with 20 elementary teachers and their school leaders employed in four of the highest need schools in the Escambia County school District in Florida. The participating teachers were within their first three years of teaching or were new to teaching in high need schools. The 20 teachers showed important results in three areas—student learning, parent satisfaction, and teacher satisfaction. (See How to Lead Teachers to Become Greatfor a summary of the results and for the Evidence-Based framework used.) Making educational institutions a great place for students to learn, employees to work and stakeholders to engage begins with recruitment and retention of high performing teachers and leaders.


ASCD SmartBrief “ED Pulse” from January 19, 2012. Retrieved from the ASCD SmartBrief newsletter (01.19.2012). Visit ASCD online at http://www.ascd.org.

Kouzes, J. M. and Posner, B. Z. (2002). The Leadership Challenge, Third Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint.

Pilcher, J. and Largue, R. (2009). How to Lead Teachers to Become Great: It’s All About Student Learning. Gulf Breeze, FL: Fire Starter Publishing.

Our mission at Studer Education is all about providing students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we teach teachers and leaders how to get the best student learning results and create results-oriented school cultures. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com to learn more about Studer Education Teacher Development Institutes (TDIs), Leader Development Institutes (LDIs), and Evidence-Based Leadership.