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Let’s Talk Teacher Turnover

  • November 25, 2016|
  • 6 months ago

by Eric Westervelt

nprEd

Article excerpt

What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits?

Welcome to the U.S. teaching force, where the “I’m outta here” rate is an estimated 8 percent a year — twice that of high-performing countries like Finland or Singapore. And that 8 percent is a lot higher than other professions.

Our take

Stemming the Teacher Turnover Tide

Teacher turnover is relatively high compared to other industries and there are a range of reasons for teachers deciding to “call it quits.” But districts and administrators can be proactive in identifying and combatting teacher burnout and potential defection. What should you be doing to address the issue in your school system?

A good first step is to evaluate turnover in your district to determine how you compare to other districts. You may spot trends related to subject area, years of service or other criteria that can help you identify areas at most risk for turnover. Then begin conversations to gain input from teachers about areas where they feel they need more support, resources or professional development. Make those conversations ongoing to stay on top of issues that may drive teacher defection.

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