TEACHER RETENTION -

By: Admin 14 June, 2019

https://www.eduexcellence.org/event/36/6th-Annual-Leadership-Conclave--Goa-2019

Teacher Retention is an aspect of education research where one understands various factors affecting whether teachers stay in their schools, move to a different school, or leave the profession.

There are many schools facing the problem of teacher retention due to various factors. Here are a few suggestions on “what can be done” to retain teachers in schools and “how it can be done”

  • Cultivate Collaboration

What can be done?

Healthy environment and peer support are crucial not only for children but also for teachers. Even in a classroom full of students and a staff room full of teachers, teachers can still feel alone. And according to several studies, isolation can push teachers to leave the profession altogether. One study mentioned in “Support, Collaborate, Retain found that when teachers did not have access to collaborative relationships, 1 out of every 5 left the profession. However, when schools provided opportunities for teachers to collaborate with one another, their teacher retention rates increased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How it can be done?

School leaders can increase collaboration in formal, informal, and virtual settings. Several studies suggest that schools should plan meetings where teachers of the same subject and/or grade levels can come together and discuss their ideas for the classroom. Another proven method includes pairing new teachers up with a more experienced mentor so that they know who to turn to when they have a question. This method is known as “Mentor Model”.Support, Collaborate, Retain” also emphasizes that networking among teachers, whether in person or online, has been proven to increase retention rates.

  • Teacher Improvement

What can be done?

When teachers can’t successfully teach their students, they become doubtful of their teaching abilities and may consider switching professions. In fact, a Harvard report confirms that when teachers lack self-efficacy, they are more likely to stop teaching. School districts can prevent this from happening (and according to studies, increase teacher retention rates instead) by giving their teachers the resources they need to be successful.

 

 

How it can be done?

While various tools and services can help teachers succeed, one method has been proven to work exceptionally well for retaining teachers. According to a journal article published in Politics & Policy, high-quality induction and mentoring programs are the best method for increasing teacher retention. Giving teachers the chance to participate in conferences, e-learning courses and webinars are all effective ways to improve their teaching skills and boost their confidence.

  • Provide Them with Support

What can be done?

The level of support that teachers receive can make a huge difference in the way they feel about their jobs. A survey from the Center for Teacher Quality, which included responses from 32,000 teachers, revealed that support from colleagues and administrators is one of the most significant factors in a teacher’s decision to stay or leave the profession. By ensuring that teachers feel supported and cared for, administrators can keep teachers satisfied in their current positions.

 

How it can be done?

To learn how to best support your teachers, start by giving them more opportunities to express their opinions and concerns. Allowing teachers to have monthly one-on-one meetings with school leader is a great way to provide these opportunities. Studies also suggest that schools should invite teachers to board meetings as well as include them in major decisions. Once you identify what your teachers need most, such as certain resources or policies, be sure to respond to these needs to further support them. Involvement of teachers in their evaluation will also help them stay connected with the authorities, along with collaboratively find solutions to their problems.

Research from the National Association of Secondary School Principals shows that the single most important aspect of a school’s culture is the leadership and management style of the principal. In a 2001 study, the Philadelphia Education Fund found that schools had lower teacher turnover when the principal:

  • Had an open-door office policy
  • Met with new or incoming teachers
  • Allowed latitude in decision-making
  • Made communication a priority
  • Supported teachers on disciplinary issues
  • Created a respectful environment for all students and teachers

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  • Create Better Work Conditions

What can be done?

When teachers dislike their work environment, they may dread going to school as much as students do. A study from the Peabody Journal of Education revealed that the way in which teachers perceive their schools’ working conditions and environment “were the most significant predictors of beginning teacher’s morale, career choice commitment and plans to stay in teaching.” One study from Teachers College Record found that when it comes to the school environment, teachers care more about cultural conditions than clean facilities or technology.

 

How it can be done?

To ensure that your teachers have the best working conditions possible, promote a positive school culture where both teachers and students feel safe, trusted, and respected. Your school can cultivate a culture of safety by educating teachers as well as students on essential safety procedures, such as dealing with fires or earthquakes. To promote an environment of trust, give teachers more control over the way in which their classrooms are managed. Let the teacher choose how they want to teach their class and continuously provide constructive feedback to the teachers. Finally, establish respect among teachers and students by implementing team-building activities at least once a month and offering opportunities for group decision-making.

 Unless schools take action to retain their teachers, the problems associated with a dwindling teacher population will only intensify in the coming years. Fortunately, recent studies and teacher feedback have revealed proven methods that will improve the likelihood of teacher retention. As a result, school leaders can create a school environment in which both students and teachers can thrive.

 

Winding up the concourse I would like to say "Improve teachers motivation will leads to improved teacher retention."

 

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