Beyond Pay: Teacher Housing as Pathway to Sustainability


Is there a way to help support and retain educators beyond pay increases? We believe so. All too often the conversation stops at pay and benefits. While increased pay is necessary, to make teaching truly more financially viable and to racially diversify our educator workforce, we need to think more broadly, beyond pay. Creative solutions like affordable teacher housing have a role to play in sustainability & wealth creation. This session spotlights projects in Baltimore, Newark, and Tulsa where creative housing solutions for educators have impacted sustainability and community building.

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  1. I’m inspired! Replicable and scalable solutions exist to address both teacher retention and affordable housing.
  2. When teachers can build a home in the communities they serve, it creates a positive impact that ripples out to their schools, students, and beyond.
  3. Housing solutions can do more than just help teachers afford rent: they create thriving communities, provide mentorship, and aid teacher retention.



Anne Mahle, Senior Vice President, Public Partnerships, Teach For America

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  • Tags: diversity & inclusion, teachers
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Policy & Civic Engagement
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Field Experience

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