Study after study indicates teachers are the single most important school‐​based factor when it comes to student learning. The problem, according to some experts, is that there is no silver bullet to as to how — despite the critical role they play — to uniformly address teacher support and evaluation. That’s where conversation and engagement come in, says Michelle Richard, senior consultant at Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing‐​based public policy firm and authors of Building a Brighter Future: Recommendations for How to Improve Michigan’s Education System.

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