Factors Impacting Teacher Retention Mary Ann Springs

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  • 1. Factors that Impact Teacher Retention
    • William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  • 2.
    • Old Techniques in an “Information Age”
    • Lack of Vision in Reframing Retention
    • Failure to Gather information from Teachers concerning Retention.
  • 3.
    • 62% of Students minorities vs. 39% in other schools.
    • 47% of Students are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch vs. 35% at other schools.
    • 42% of hard to staff schools were middle schools vs. 18% of other schools were middle schools.
    • Less Teacher Satisfaction than their peers in other schools.
  • 4.
    • #1. Inadequate financial compensation.
    • #2. Under-representation of minority teachers.
    • #3. Desirability to teach may be outweighed by more attractive alternatives.
    • #4. Student discipline.
  • 5.
    • Women are more likely to enter the profession than men.
    • Only 39% of nation’s public elementary & secondary schools were minority vs. 61% being majority.
    • Higher test scores and better school selections deter some students from entering the teaching profession.
  • 6.
    • 90% of Teachers agreed that one should enjoy the profession.
    • 81% of Teachers felt that flexibility and spending time with family was a key factor.
  • 7.
    • Safety Issues
    • Under Compensation
    • Accountability
    • Lack of Opportunity for Advancement
  • 8.
    • Mentoring to At-Risk Students
    • Alternative Certification
    • Conducive learning environment
    • More Competitive Salary
  • 9.
    • Attrition increased for:
    • Schools with higher numbers of minority, low-income, and low-performing students.
    • Urban Schools vs. Suburban and rural districts.
    • Public vs. Private Schools, and
    • Schools with poor working conditions and low financial compensation.
  • 10.
    • #1. Flexibility in career options for experienced teachers.
    • #2. Effective mentoring programs.
    • #3. Professional Development.
    • #4. A Comprehensive Induction Process.
  • 11.
    • Teacher retention and attrition has become extremely costly for the nation, therefore, new recruitment and retention strategies must be implemented.