ERIC Number: ED418940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Profession in Jeopardy. Why Teachers Leave and What We Can Do about It.
Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
The quality of individuals teaching in North Carolina's public schools determines the success of students and schools. Research indicates that many new teachers leave the profession in their first years of teaching because of less than optimal and unsupportive teaching conditions. This report examines several of the problems that new teachers face, including the sink or swim induction; being underprepared and overwhelmed; low pay and the absence of mobility; the lack of tools; and constant time pressures. For each problem, the reporrt offers potential solutions. The report concludes that little has changed for teachers, and student performance improvement has been slow. Without a major effort to change the nature of the teaching profession, new initiatives will be absorbed into the same system which has provided little measurable impact. A road test for recommendations is included. The four appendixes offer a model induction program for North Carolina schools; a discussion of how alignment can occur in North Carolina to support a comprehensive model of induction; best practices in induction; and key concepts and best practices in professional development. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, Public Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Public School Forum of NC, 3739 National Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27612 ($6 for 1-4 copies, $4.50 for 5 or more copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: Public School Forum of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Identifiers: North Carolina