ERIC Number: ED446076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: A Review of the Literature.
Fox, Jill Englebright; Certo, Janine
This report presents a literature review that was initiated to provide Virginia school districts with information about attracting and retaining quality teachers. The review addresses what school divisions are doing to retain teachers in the first 5 years; teachers' perceptions regarding school division retention strategies; and reasons teachers give for leaving their divisions or the profession during their first 5 years of teaching. The report provides data on: historical context; the nature of the shortage (projected shortages, distribution problems, and Virginia's response to the teacher shortage); recruitment of quality teachers (policies, teacher preparation, standards, teacher testing, the teaching pool, alternate routes to certification, and other barriers); and retaining quality teachers (teacher attrition, professional development and mentorship, and recognizing excellence in teaching). It concludes that Virginia hired approximately 6,000 new teachers in 1999-00 and anticipates that this number will increase with each year in the coming decade. It is evident that no one solution will resolve the anticipated teacher shortage and no one agency can ensure teacher quality. Providing teachers to Virginia's public schools will require systemic reform and intensive collaboration between state policymakers, higher education institutions, and public schools. An annotated bibliography is attached. (Contains 66 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Labor Turnover, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Schools, State Standards, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teachers
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.