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ERIC Number: ED510759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Tapping the Potential: Retaining and Developing High-Quality New Teachers
Alliance for Excellent Education
There is growing consensus that the single most important factor in determining student performance is the quality of the teacher. Therefore, if the national goal of providing an equitable education to children across this nation is to be met, it is critical that efforts be concentrated on developing and retaining high-quality teachers in every community and at every grade level. However, when the final bell rings this school year and students across the nation head out the door for summer vacation, too many of their teachers will also be leaving the classroom--permanently. Teachers in all schools are moving out of the profession, but the rate of attrition is roughly 50 percent higher in poor schools than in wealthier ones. Why are so many teachers, most of whom chose to enter the profession because of a real desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children, leaving their jobs? A lack of support and poor working conditions are cited by teachers as among the primary factors. If every child is to have equal access to teachers who are truly highly qualified, the odds must be dramatically improved that teachers will stay in the profession long enough to become fully competent professionals. Luckily, a solution to the problem of keeping good teachers in the classroom does exist: comprehensive induction designed to provide new teachers with the practical skills they need for success. Comprehensive induction is a combination of mentoring, professional development and support, and formal assessments for new teachers during at least their first two years of teaching. Comprehensive induction can be delivered in a variety of forms. This report features four case studies of effective induction programs, detailed in Appendix A. Appended are: (1) Case Studies; and (2) Annotated Bibliography. (Contains 2 tables and 108 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education