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ERIC Number: EJ763264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Netting an Elusive Breed: How to Attract and Retain Better Teachers
Warner, Mark R.
Education Next, v4 n4 p38-43 Fall 2004
The most important asset of any enterprise is the talent and enthusiasm of its workforce. In operating a successful business, there is no greater challenge than to attract and retain the best-qualified, hardest-working employees. And perhaps the most important factors in keeping the best people are providing workers with the tools to succeed at what they do and ensuring that they feel a sense of respect and empowerment about their work. Businesses that fail to offer these things will lose their brightest employees to competitors that do. In this article, the author uses his experience as a business owner and as the governor of Virginia to apply these lessons to the single greatest challenge facing their public schools today--the challenge of providing the best possible teachers to students in the lowest-achieving schools. He outlines some strategies for recruiting and retaining quality teachers, and reinforces the simple truth that, just like other professionals, teachers want to succeed at the job they set out to do, and that the best and brightest will often gravitate to where they are respected, appreciated, and empowered to do their jobs effectively. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia