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ERIC Number: ED498775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Alabama: Educators on What It Will Take to Staff All Classrooms with Quality Teachers
Hirsch, Eric
Center for Teaching Quality
With No Child Left Behind's call for highly qualified teachers, the stakes for recruiting and retaining teachers have never been more important. Alabama, like other states, has struggled to develop policies and programs that effectively staff all classrooms with quality educators. The Center for Teaching Quality, with the support of SERVE, has surveyed approximately 4,200 educators in Mobile, Talladega and Hoover to inform the work of the Governor's Commission on Quality Teaching. By asking those whose opinions matter most on these critical issues--classroom teachers--policymakers can better gauge what incentives and school conditions are most essential in recruiting and retaining teachers for all Alabama classrooms. Survey respondents were positive about the teaching and learning conditions in their schools, reporting that leadership supports them, professional development provides the knowledge and skills they need to teach effectively, and that facilities and resources are adequate. This is important as educators noted that these conditions drive their future employment decisions. Educators who indicated that they are most likely to move schools or quit teaching have much more negative perceptions of teaching and learning conditions than those who want to remain in their school. Additionally, issues such as leadership, empowerment, and time (along with salary) were among the most important influences on teachers' decisions about whether to stay in their school. Leadership, in particular, was an important factor. Recommendations are offered for the Governor's Commission's consideration. (Contains 11 tables, 2 figures, and 17 endnotes.) [This report was produced by the Center for Teaching Quality, formerly known as the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality.]
Center for Teaching Quality. 976 Airport Road Suite 250, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel: 919-951-0200; e-mail: contactus@teachingquality.org; Web site: http://www.teachingquality.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southeast Center for Teaching Quality, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001