The most important factor determining how well students do in school is not "the color of their skin or where they come from," President Obama has said. "It's not who their parents are or how much money they have. It's who their teacher is."

It's not just intuition on our new president's part. It's been proven in study after study that students with top-notch teachers make huge learning gains compared to students with less effective teachers. All the education reform in the world won't matter until we meet this challenge first: getting great teachers in every classroom.

So how do we make sure that all students have quality teachers? We've put together a new report offering strategies for recruiting and retaining better teachers, particularly for under-served schools.

But we need your ideas and insights too. How do you think we can improve all schools and ensure a top-notch teacher in every classroom? Take a look at our report and submit your own suggestions here:

http://www.edequality.org/ GreatTeachers

In our new report, we outline a few ways we can make sure every child has a great teacher. They include measuring teacher success, restructuring pay, lowering barriers to entering the teaching profession, and more.

But we need you to do more than read the report -- we also need you to give us your input. Whether you're an educator, parent, or concerned citizen, we can benefit from your experience. What creative ways have you seen teachers making a difference? Do you have a personal success story to share?

Submit your thoughts here:

http://www.edequality.org/ GreatTeachers

Thanks so much for your input. We appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Al Sharpton
Joel Klein
Co-Founders, Education Equality Project

P.S. Read an op-ed by EEP co-founder Joel Klein on the transformative power of good teachers in today's NY Daily News:

http://www.edequality.com/ NYDailyNews