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For the Love of Teaching


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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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For the Love of Teaching

  1. 1. Sources 1 Ingersoll, R., and Merrill, L. (2017). A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 to 2012. Statistical Analysis Report (NCES 2017-092). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. 2 Snyder, T.D., de Brey, C., and Dillow, S.A. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics 2015 (NCES 2016-014). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC. 3 Stark Rentner, Diane, et al. “Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices.” Center on Education Policy, The George Washington University , 5 May 2016, 4 Peters, Shara, and Jody Passanisi. “What Motivates Teachers: It’s More Than Money.” Education Week Teacher, Education Week Publications, 10 Mar. 2017, 5 White, Martha C. “Here’s How Much Your Kid’s Teacher Is Shelling Out for School Supplies.” Time, Time, Inc., 3 Aug. 2016, time. com/money/4392319/teachers-buying-school-supplies/. 6 “Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a Part of the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, 7 Witters, Dan. “U.S. Doctors Lead in Well-Being, Transportation Workers Lag.”, 13 Mar. 2013, http://news. campaign=item_161516utm_medium=copy. Help children reach their full potential3 To pay it forward because a teacher inspired them3 Make a difference in students’ lives3 Autonomy Over Time4 Mastery of the Craft4 Sense of Purpose4 Teachers spend an average of $500of their own money to purchase classroom supplies each year.5 Seeing students succeed382% 69% Making a difference in students’ lives3 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 START HERE When educators are supported at the school and district level, they have the tools, motivation, and energy to build upon their passion for teaching. Explore our resources to help your teachers enjoy a long, successful career. At Jossey-Bass, we strive to offer the best thinking, research, and practical guidance on key issues in education to drive implementation in schools and better outcomes for all students. What Motivates Teachers to Stay (HINT: It’s Not the Money) 88%are most likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot on the job7 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: Discipline students as deemed appropriate6 Evaluate and grade students on their own6 Determine the amount of homework they give6 Select their textbooks and other instructional materials6 Choose content, topics, and skills to be taught6 98% 82% 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 19882 20182 projected 2.6 million 3.6 million THE RATE OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT since the 1980s.1 For the Love of Teaching 2. Teacher7 1. Physician7 3. Business owner7 4. Professional7 5. Manager, executive, or official7 82%98%98% Keeping the Love Alive