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Retaining Teacher Talent
Report 1. The View From Generation Y
Forward-looking leaders in states and districts will find in this report cutting-edge ideas on how to build a world-class teacher corps by understanding what attracts and dissuades Gen Y teachers from the profession.
Two overarching themes emerge:
- Teachers’ views on the best ways to structure teacher compensation are evolving.
- Teachers’ views on the conditions under which they work are influenced by their generation and experiences.
However, in both cases, there is strong evidence of a confluence and constancy of teacher views that spans the generations. The six key findings described in this report all point to the fact that supporting teacher effectiveness will likely have a profound impact on teacher retention.
Multi-media resources including a video chronicle and facilitator’s guide and presentations at national teacher quality conferences are presented with the report to aid those leading reforms at the district, state, and national levels.
Finding 2: Paying for performance is seen as the least important policy option for improving teacher effectiveness and retention; having meaningful learning opportunities, reducing class size, increasing parental involvement, and raising salaries across the board still rank higher.
Finding 3: Many teachers view removing ineffective colleagues from the classroom as a way to boost teacher effectiveness and think that unions sometimes protect ineffective teachers, yet they feel it important to preserve tenure protections.
Finding 4: Gen Y teachers tend to desire sustained, constructive, and individualized feedback from principals to help them become more effective in the classroom.
Finding 5: All teachers desire meaningful collaboration with their colleagues—not just younger ones.
Finding 6: Most Gen Y teachers believe they will stay in education, if not the classroom, for the long haul.