Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers?

Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers?

Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers?

Retaining New Teachers: How Do I Support and Develop Novice Teachers?

Synopsis

K-12 schools in the United States are suffering from an epidemic of teacher attrition: nearly half of all new teachers leave the field within their first five years, and thousands of teaching positions across the country are going unfilled. What can school leaders do about this persistent turnover and the resulting loss of human potential?

In this timely book, Bryan Harris describes the four broad supports that he says are crucial to helping early-career teachers succeed and stay in the profession: comprehensive induction programs, supportive administrators, skilled mentors, and helpful colleagues. He offers practical, research-based strategies to help leaders provide these supports and create a culture of collaboration across the school. The result is a school in which beginning teachers truly thrive as effective practitioners who see themselves successfully helping students learn more every day.

Excerpt

It’s a national disgrace: up to half of all new teachers leave the profession within their first three to five years (Ingersoll & Strong, 2011). Across the country, thousands of teaching positions are going unfilled or are being filled by less-thanqualified teachers. Why does this teacher shortage persist, and what can we do about it? How would we react, as a nation, if up to half of all students dropped out of school at the same rate?

Education leaders must wake up and take action—before we fail an entire generation of teachers and their students. That’s where this book comes in. in these pages, I provide specific, practical action points for creating supports and programs that will encourage new teachers to remain in the profession and ensure that they experience success early on. This book is intended for school and district leaders, policymakers, veteran teachers, and anyone else who has an interest in fostering early-career teachers’ success and retention.

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