There were some folks from the Chicago New Teacher Center in DC on Tuesday, talking to Congressional staff, people from other districts, and advocates about the power of what they call high quality teacher retention programs. In a handful of South Side areas, new teachers get tailored, weekly support from fulltime mentors, which is much more intensive than most other parts of the city or around the country. I'm generally pretty suspicious about out of classroom support efforts, but from what I've seen this one can be really powerful. And of course I'm partial since they asked me to moderate the event and have commissioned me to do some writing about them. Pictured are Lisa Vahey, director of CNTC, Amy Treadwell, an induction coach, and Jennifer Frisch, a 2nd year kindergarten teacher.