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Retaining Teacher Talent

The View From Generation Y

Conclusion

The findings presented in this report consistently indicate that to retain more teachers of all generations, the most powerful thing that policymakers and others can do is to support teachers’ ability to be effective with their students. Teachers who can see that they are making a difference in their students’ learning will stay in the profession longer. Supporting effectiveness means ensuring that all teachers are surrounded by effective colleagues, given time to collaborate with these colleagues, offered constructive feedback on their teaching, and provided other rich opportunities to learn to teach more effectively. Performance pay may serve to motivate teachers more, or it may just be icing on the cake, but it will be more acceptable to teachers if such reforms are accompanied by a comprehensive set of policies and practices that will support their teaching.

The data also indicate that there is much that teachers of all generations have in common and that egalitarian norms among teachers are still in effect. Growing numbers of Gen Y teachers are slowly beginning to make their mark on the profession.


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