For the past two years, researchers with the United Way of Broward have interviewed hundreds of parents, students, teachers and business leaders with one central question in mind — what goes into making an effective teacher?
Among the responses from more than 350 Broward teachers:
• New teachers want formalized mentoring
• Experienced teachers want more opportunities to learn from experts
• With educational benchmarks constantly changing, they would like clear directives from school administrators.
“The No. 1 priority for teachers was having effective leaders,” said Dave Wallace, director of Public Policy Advocacy for the United Way of Broward, who coordinated the study.