Teach Plus, a national non-profit based in Boston, sent a delegation of educators and school reform leaders to Washington, D.C., to testify today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

As the Senate prepares to consider reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, the Committee invited Teach Plus to testify about the organization’s work to empower, support and retain highly effective teachers in urban schools. The issue of teacher retention remains a critical issue across the country, particularly in city schools, with research showing that nearly half of teachers leave urban schools within their first three years in the classroom.

Teach Plus Founder and CEO Celine Coggins and President Monique Burns Thompson were joined at the hearing by a principal and two teachers from the Boston Public Schools to describe the impact of Teach Plus programs.

The T3 Initiative – Turnaround Teacher Teams – is also featured in the current issue of Education Week as a promising model for transforming low-performing schools through teacher leadership.

Horan Communications is proud to collaborate with Teach Plus to promote awareness about its innovative work supporting urban teachers and students.