As a former public school teacher and current director of three schools, I’m happy to see that increasing teachers’ salaries has become a rare political issue that Republicans and Democrats agree on. With educators all over the country burning out and leaving the profession, though, paying them more is not enough to keep them excited about their work. Teachers are artists, and they must be allowed to exercise their creativity.
Over the years, I’ve learned that the key to keeping your best teachers in the classroom and delivering lessons that are both fun and educational is simple: School leaders need to have the confidence to allow teachers the autonomy to be the artists they are. Here are three ways that any school can do that.