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Retaining Teacher Talent

Report 2. Teaching for a Living

This report, which was originally published as a special feature in Education Week, highlights the views and workplace preference of three distinct types of teachers: the idealists, the contented, and the disheartened—why they entered teaching, the atmosphere and leadership in their schools, the problems they face, their students and student outcomes, and ideas for reform. Taking a closer look at the teaching profession based on the attitudes and motivations for each of these groups can provide state and district leaders valuable insights for how to identify, retain, and support the most effective teachers.

Contents



Introduction

Three Distinct Sensibilities

Making a Difference

Policy Implications

Survey Results by Group

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Practical Scenario

State Senator Mallman and Superintendent Briggs and the school board in her district are facing a challenge. A recent staff survey revealed that morale in their schools was even lower than they thought. Many teachers express that if things don’t change soon, they cannot see themselves remaining in the district or even in the profession—and this is on top of the district’s already high teacher attrition rates! The costs of this problem, both financial and to student learning, are clear. What can Superintendent Briggs and the school board do to better understand, support, and retain their teachers and address the many and diverse range of concerns that they are expressing?

Read Report 2. Teaching for a Living to gain insight into teachers’ perceptions of the profession and recommendations for how to support effective classroom practice.


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