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ERIC Number: ED446054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Teacher Attrition and Staff Development for Retention.
Easley, Jacob, II
The nation is currently battling a shortage of qualified teacher candidates. An escalating concern beyond the limited pool of candidates is the high attrition rate in many school districts. Today's fledgling teachers are choosing not to follow the pattern of their parents and grandparents who have historically remained at a single job or one company until their time of retirement. This group of teachers lists a number of reasons for leaving the profession. Among these is a sense of frustration and isolation. To combat this challenge, school systems must find creative and strategic ways to support new teachers as a deterrent to attrition. Several successful plans have been implemented in districts across the country. One popular program has been peer assistance. The state of California presently spends millions of dollars to assist new teachers through its statewide mandated teacher assistance and evaluation program. Mentoring programs appear to be the most popular form of staff development chosen for new teacher supports by school districts nationwide. School districts that move aggressively toward a reform in new teacher support will find their efforts to be cost effective over time. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California