Here are some highlights of the research and insights he shared:
The Economic Impact of a Teacher – An effective teacher who teaches for 30 years with an average class size of 25 students whose students all go on to earn college degrees or technical certificates has a $930 million positive impact.
The Social Impact of a Teacher – These same teachers also contribute to a:
- 19% drop in welfare dependence
- 22% drop in divorce
- 19% drop in smoking
- 12% drop in obesity
- 28% drop in incarceration
- Prep your student – Help your students arrive at school on time, well rested and fed, and prepared for a full day of learning. Help them understand the value of an education and the impact it will have on their life.
- Volunteer – Be a classroom aide or offer other help that your students’ teachers might need.
- Be the bridge – Help students understand what the teacher wants them to learn in a specific assignment and why they need to do it. Put it into context and help make their homework relevant to them.
- Show school spirit – Get involved in the PTA, go to parent-teacher conferences, and go to school functions and events.
- Support quality training – Vote for and support ballot measures and candidates that support quality training for teachers and education funding.