Understanding why teachers enter the field and what keeps them happy in their jobs is the first step to keeping great teachers in the classroom and improving teacher retention rates across your school or district.
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Help children reach
their full potential3
To pay it forward
because a teacher
Make a difference
in students’ lives3
an average of $500of their own money to purchase
classroom supplies each year.5
Many of us become teachers for reasons of
the heart, animated by a passion for some
subject and for helping people learn.
— Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach
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What Motivates Teachers to Stay
(HINT: It’s Not the Money)
88%are most likely to say they
smiled or laughed a lot on
Top 3 Reasons Teachers Enter the Profession
The Most Rewarding Aspects of Teaching
Teachers Love What They Do
Most public school educators in grades K-12 say they have control over planning and teaching:
skills to be
Why Teachers Are Happy in Their Jobs
Top occupations for physical, emotional, and fiscal health:
Teachers Have a Healthy Well-being
K-12 TeachersThe number of teaching professionals has
INCREASED MORE THAN
THE RATE OF
since the 1980s.1
For the Love
3. Business owner7
5. Manager, executive, or official7
Keeping the Love Alive