Education Entrepreneur Fellow: 2008-2010
Excellent teachers are among the most critical assets in students’ success, yet nearly half of teachers leave urban classrooms within the first three years. Teach Plus helps to retain great teachers in urban schools by training them to become education-policy advocates. The organization’s efforts also have helped to create a favorable policy climate in Indianapolis to encourage more teachers to remain in the profession. Teach Plus was founded by Fellow Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher and Stanford University PhD who served as an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Education Commissioner.