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How to Find, Support, and Keep Good Teachers: A Recipe for Success

How to Find, Support, and Keep Good Teachers: A Recipe for Success | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
Our school is not simply lucky to have great teachers; finding them, supporting them, and keeping them is all by design, and serves as a blueprint for similar success.
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One thing that I did not mention before is that teachers should be acknowledged for their good work. I'm glad that this article touches on that. Whether you are a child or an adult, everyone loves feeling appreciated for the hard work that they have done. If schools want to keep good teachers, they should  reward them. It is hard to find a teacher that is worth keeping so make sure you let them know that you appreciate them. Happy teachers=happy schools

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How Do We Keep The 'Irreplaceable' Teachers From Leaving?

How Do We Keep The 'Irreplaceable' Teachers From Leaving? | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
In a follow-up to its report on teacher retention titled The Irreplaceables, The New Teacher Project examined retention patterns in the District of Columbia Public Schools system specifically.
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I am a fan of DCPS's new criteria for teachers. Someone should have more than certification to be considered a great teacher. I love how preparation programs, such as TNTP, Teachers for America, Urban Center for Teachers, etc are really preparing prospective teachers to teach in any type of environment. I also like how they encourage the great teachers to work in areas of higher need. It's great to see how some of the programs will offer a higher pay or pay that is competitive to well performing schools. Programs such as these are awesome and should be required before entering a school setting. I am very interested in Urban Center for Teachers as I think they will prepare me to be a great teacher that will not need to be replaced.
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Education Week: What Are We Doing to Support Great Teachers?

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Are teachers supporting one another in their schools? Is leadership supportive of their teachers? Are parents supporting the children's teachers? Teachers have a lot on their shoulders. They need a community .They need you. They go through the weekday preparing lessons that will promote growth in their students. Are parents attending conference to work with teachers? Is leadership making sure that teachers are receiving the proper training? (training is a big thing in teacher retention in my opinion. Learning is an ongoing process and does not stop once you become an adult. Things change, technology changes, curriculums change, we need to make sure our teachers are changing along with it. We have to make sure we are not leaving our teachers in the dark to figure everything out on their own and if they can't they have to go. Personality is great, but personality without knowlege isn't going to take students far. Support our teachers! I have spoken with a teacher who feel that they have no support from their schools. Anytime a parent comes in, it's to fuss about their child receiving a D. I know a teacher that has to make sure she documents EVERYTHING because she fears that one day, she may get sued by a teacher. How can someone expect a teacher to properly teach their class, if they have to worry about being sued??

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Retaining Quality Teachers » In Lehman's Terms

Retaining Quality Teachers » In Lehman's Terms | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
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Teachers should have a community that surrounds and supports them in their schools. This includes having great leadership. Without great leadership, it is hard to find great teachers. The quality of leadership does impact a great teachers job. I strongly agree that a great teacher needs to be able to have a relationship with the leadership of the school they work. I feel that this article captured the point of view from good teachers. I spoke with a teacher a couple of weeks ago who left her private school because the principal was not very supportive. Because of her situation, this school lost out on an excellent teacher. 

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Recruiting and Retaining ""Highly Qualified Teachers"" for Hard-to-Staff Schools | SparkAction

Recruiting and Retaining ""Highly Qualified Teachers"" for Hard-to-Staff Schools | SparkAction | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
What is known about recruiting and retaining teachers for hard-to-staff-schools runs counter to many of the assumptions undergirding the teacher quality provisions of No Child Left Behind.
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It's evident that a lot of good qualifying teachers do not want to work for a school that is not a school know for it's achievements. These schools are mostly located in lower income areas. Areas where students need the most help and attention. These schools are known to have students who may have behavioral problems and low salary wages. The problem is, not having good qualifying teachers in this area means that the achievement gap will continue to widen. What is to be done for good teachers that do not want to work in these areas? Higher pay, a sense of security. Every student, no matter what school they attend, should be able to receive the best quality of education. Whatever it takes to get the highly qualified teachers into these schools, it needs to be done because at the end of it all, it is the students that suffer.  I have witnessed people who I feel would make excellent teachers in some of my classes. But whenever they would talk about where they would teach, they never mentioned areas that need the most attention. Whether it is because of pay or lack of safety, they do not feel that it is a good option for them. Schools need to do what they can to make sure they can attract these people to their schools.

 

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Report Emphasizes Need For Culture Change In Order To Attract, Retain Teachers In Struggling Schools

Report Emphasizes Need For Culture Change In Order To Attract, Retain Teachers In Struggling Schools | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
A new report released by The Education Trust emphasizes the need for policy and culture changes in the public education sector, and not just updated teacher evaluation systems.
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I cannot agree more with the statement  that every teacher needs to be given the tools that they need in order to be successful in their classrooms. This includes training, proper materials, an appropriate size classroom, etc. Teachers also need to know that they can turn to leadership for anything that they need. I know for me, I would love to work at a school where I have the materials that I need, I don't have to worry about all of my students having a seat to sit in, etc. It's good to see that more schools are taking action to making sure they are providing teachers with the environment to teach

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One NC husband who’s happy his overburdened wife is leaving teaching | Other Views | NewsObserver.com

One NC husband who’s happy his overburdened wife is leaving teaching | Other Views | NewsObserver.com | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
It is with great happiness that I report that yet another distinguished teacher has left her career and chosen to be employed by a company in the private sector.
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I like how this article is spoken from a husband of a teacher's point of view. Families of teachers are affected too. A teacher who is not happy with their job would come home unhappy. Leaving a teaching job can be difficult. You build relationships with people, with the students. You watch the students grow right in front of your eyes. But you don't want to feel mistreated and misused. Teachers are already given a lot of responsibility. A 3rd grade teacher told me that her job never stops. She goes home, grades papers, prepares for tomorrow. She's working on stuff for school until 10:30-11:00 at night. Can you imagine how her husband might feel? Wanting her to come to bed, but she is working??? And then having to wake up earlier than everyone else to set up her classroom. That is time and dedication. So for a teacher to do all of this (practically sacrificing their life) and not be appreciate, the teacher has to decide if they can live with that. Unfortunately, too many teachers have to answer that question. Not something I would like to experience. 

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Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: What Matters Most and What Can Government Do? | The Forum for Education and Democracy

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There are many more certified teachers in the nation than there are positions. But there is a shortage of qualified teachers. Especially ones that are willing to work for lower wages and poorer conditons. What is this telling you? We have to do something to make sure the qualified teachers are being picked from the huge net of teachers looking to teach. Our students deserve the best! No matter where they are, what situation they are in! It can be difficult to find the best from the flock, but it must be done to ensure that are students are getting what they need.  Not only is it hard to find qualified teachers, but it is even harder to find teachers that can teach math and science. Two high need areas in the classrooms. Recruiting teachers isnt the problem, it's retaining the teachers that are already there! Students need stability. They don't need teachers rolling in and out of their lives. In one of the articles I read, high teacher turnover results in lower test scores. Why are we hiring teachers that are not highly qualified?? I have personally experienced one of my teachers leaving at the middle of the school year and it had a major impact on me because I developed a strong bond with that teacher. I was in the 3rd grade at the time and I remember acting out afterwards and having to sit in other teachers classes because of my behavior. These teachers are not just teachers to these students, they are their friends, their confidant, someone they feel safe around. We have to be very careful with who we select as a teacher for our students.

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Want Quality Education? Recruit, Train, and Retain Quality Teachers

Want Quality Education? Recruit, Train, and Retain Quality Teachers | Teacher Retention | Scoop.it
How can we improve education? How can we take a historically high-poverty, low-performing school district, such as in Allendale, and make significant progress to become a high-flying school? Ideall...
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Good quality teachers come with good training. Good training means that they will be harder to replace. Schools are looking for the best teachers to teach their students. I'm quite sure schools don't want to have to keep looking for teachers because their existing teachers are not cutting it. It is mainly up to the teacher to seek good training if they want to maintain their spot in the classroom. Students in povery need additional attention and a teacher needs to be able to handle that. They are responsible for making sure they receive the training they need to handle situations that can and will come in their experiences as a teacher. High teacher turnover correlates to lower scores in math. This is affecting the students! Schools need to make sure they know who they are hiring and teachers need to make sure they are properly trained. 

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