Importance of Good Teachers

An important new study is out about the importance of quality teachers in pre-school and kindergarten.
Teaching quality is a key focus for us at Commons. For several years we have been raising the standards when hiring new teachers — requiring more credentials (i.e. Type 04 certification). Also, we have encouraged existing teachers to return to school, connecting teachers with financial assistance to do so.
Of course, this all requires more resources, as teacher salaries must increase in order to retain teachers with more advanced credentials and skill. Over the past year, average teacher salary has increased at Chicago Commons by 14% as a result of requiring (and compensating) teachers with higher level credentials.