Factors Impacting Teacher Retention Mary Ann Springs


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Factors Impacting Teacher Retention Mary Ann Springs

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