Quality Teaching

The EdQuest Georgia Coalition identified burnout as the primary threat to maintaining a vital educator workforce. To ensure a more stable and effective workforce, state and district leaders should address the underlying causes that contribute to burnout: poor working conditions, noncompetitive salaries, inadequate preparation, and lack of professional growth opportunities. A comprehensive state strategy would encourage state policymakers and local leaders to think more boldly and systematically about how to support educators. 


Development of educator pipeline models that increase candidate diversity, address barriers to entry, and are attentive to shortages in hard-to-staff subjects.  

Preparation and Early-Career Success 

Supporting high-quality, school-based experiences for prospective teachers, such as teacher cadet initiatives, educator apprenticeships, and clinical residencies.   

Professional Growth and Advancement 

Adaptation of existing professional growth systems that enable teachers to access personalized learning based on their needs and career interests. 

Equipping district leaders with tools and resources to recruit, deploy, and retain teacher leaders.  


  • Number and percent of teacher candidates enrolled in any educator preparation pathway  
  • Percent of preparation program completers employed by a school district 


  • Five-year, new-hire teacher retention rate 
  • Retention rates by preparation pathway 
  • Annual teacher attrition rates 


  • Median years of teaching experience 
  • Education and experience level for educators working in high-needs schools