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Teacher Retention and Recruitment: Challenges and Opportunities In the News

June 29, 2016

We’ll also explore a 2014 study from the Alliance for Excellent Education comparing teacher retention challenges across the country. That study reports teachers linking job satisfaction with low salaries, inadequate administrative support, and isolated working conditions among other factors. The study also finds that teacher turnover cost the state between $61.4 million and $133.6 million dollars a year between 2008 and 2009. We’ll explore the report’s findings and recommendations and how Florida school districts are battling the problem with efforts to recruit and retain teaching talent.

Teacher Quality

States Report Large Gaps in Students’ Access to Effective Teaching Press Release

May 26, 2016

Schools serving students of color and students from low-income families have double the percentage of inexperienced and unqualified teachers—particularly at the secondary level—along with higher teacher and principal turnover, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance). The report, One Year Later: Can State Equity Plans Improve Access to Great Teaching?, is based on an analysis of the teacher equity plans that states submitted to the U.S. Department of Education last summer.

First-year teacher works through struggles In the News

January 21, 2015

Ginder, 23, who works at Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center, is one of hundreds of new teachers in Central Florida schools this year. Nationwide, about 13 percent of teachers change schools or quit each year, with 40 percent to 50 percent estimated to leave the profession within the first five years, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.–based advocacy organization. Ginder said she loves her job and the children but finds it emotionally draining.

The True Cost of Teach For America’s Impact on Urban Schools In the News

January 05, 2015

The Alliance for Excellent Education, an education policy organization, found that about half a million teachers leave their schools each year, and only 16 percent of this attrition is due to retirement. The remaining 84 percent can be attributed to teacher transfers between schools (most often transferring into schools with higher-income students) or leaving the profession altogether.

Teacher turnover rate poses challenges In the News

November 10, 2014

Our schools are facing a revolving door of teachers. This year, the Alliance for Excellent Education reported a national teacher turnover rate of about 20 percent compared to 9 percent in 2009. Once viewed as an honorable profession where one could impact young lives, many teachers feel overwhelmed by an endless list of new demands. Add a few of these brazen class killers to the mix. To increase support for teachers early in their careers and empower those with experience, the Brevard Federation of Teachers worked jointly with the district office on a grant proposal. The National Education Association, with more than 3 million members, offers grants to foster "Great Public Schools."

Teachers Under The Gun? In the News

October 15, 2014

Interestingly enough, many of these headaches are being brought on by our legislature. Both national and statehouse politicians seem intent on making life difficult for our teachers, rather than supporting educators. Is it any wonder that more teachers are leaving the profession every year? The departures are documented by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Here in Missouri, governing by amendment is not working out at all for local teachers. In August, outstate voters passed Amendment 5 to bring guns into the classroom. And this November, there is the Amendment 3 attack on teachers.

Mentors help new teachers stay in the classroom In the News

October 08, 2014

Each year roughly half a million teachers leave their school or quit the profession all together according to a study by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Many of those who quit are teachers with less than five years of experience. In order to help new teachers become more confident and competent and therefore stay longer, the Grant Wood Area Education Agency is providing mentors to first and second year teachers. The AEA has 16 instructional coaches helping out 250 new teachers in 21 districts. Each coach is an experienced teacher, on loan from their home district. They travel from school to school, spending 1-2 hours a week mentoring each new teacher.

LaTeach partnership gives aspiring teachers hands on experience In the News

October 07, 2014

LaTeach is giving graduate students a new kind of educational experience in their transition from behind the desk to the front of the classroom. LaTeach is a partnership between the University and West Feliciana High School, which pairs graduate students with mentor teachers so they can gain hands-on teaching experience while completing their master’s or doctorate degrees. According to a report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, 40 to 50 percent of new teachers leave after their first five years on the job, especially in rural public schools like West Feliciana High School. New teachers face many challenges during their first years as educators, Carroll said. The primary challenge is translating subject matter into classroom instruction and management.

New, future teachers receive advice from current ones In the News

October 02, 2014

At the California State University, Stanislaus, Student to Teacher Conference, I got to hear advice for new and future teachers from 10 educators only slightly more seasoned. The annual gathering filled the main campus dining room, where Donna Andrews with the Teacher Education Department exhorted participants to “find something that you really want to get up in the morning and do.” For her, that something was teaching, that endlessly challenging, most rewarding work that not everyone is cut out to do. We know this because nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave the profession within their first five years in the classroom, according to a report released this summer by Alliance for Excellent Education.

New Report: Supporting Great Teaching Is Key to A Positive School Climate and Academic Success for At-Risk Students Press Release

September 18, 2014

With schools implementing higher academic standards that require engaging and effective teaching, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education in partnership with the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign finds that far too many low-income students and students of color do not have access to great teaching that supports a positive school environment. The report, Climate Change: Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching, asserts that teachers do not always have the preparation and support needed to develop these skills.

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