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ERIC Number: ED507446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Teacher Retention: Problems and Solutions
McLaurin, Sidney E.; Smith, Willis; Smillie, Amanda
Online Submission
There is a teacher retention crisis in the United States. The purpose of this paper is to answer the following questions: What contributes to teachers leaving the field? How has "No Child Left Behind" affected teacher retention? What can be done to retain good teachers? What impact do school administrators have on teacher retention? After reviewing several research reports, journals, and articles, we found several problems and solutions to this crisis. Some of the problems are the lack of teacher preparation, inability to handle stress, lack of management skills, non-supporting environment and administrators, and No Child Left Behind accountability factors. Some possible solutions are that school districts can partner with education programs at higher learning institutions to better prepare pre-service teachers through providing more field bases opportunities and stress coping strategies, implementing mentorship and induction programs for beginning teachers, providing teacher incentives, administrative support and expressing concerns to government officials regarding oppositions to No Child Left Behind regulations. School districts can limit the effects of teacher retention if the problems and solutions are properly addressed.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States; No Child Left Behind Act 2001