Welcome to CALDER's Explainer Series. CALDER Explainers are designed to succinctly describe empirical research on contemporary topics in education and encourage evidence-based policymaking.

Missing Elements in the Discussion of Teacher Shortages

November 11, 2016

This CALDER Explainer reviews recent reporting of teacher shortages and how the current narrative excludes important issues about the production of new teachers and the factors that impact teacher attrition.

Re-Framing the Discussion About Teacher Education 

January 19, 2016

This CALDER Explainer reviews empirical evidence about the relationship between specific aspects of teacher education and schooling outcomes, and suggests directions for future research.

Paying Attention to Teacher Pensions

November 17, 2015

This CALDER Explainer reviews the issue of teacher pensions. We provide background information and cover research on rising pension costs, how the pension structure influences the teaching workforce, and teacher preferences over retirement benefits..