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Losing Quality Teachers – Part 3

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 10:54am 0 Comments

In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed the fact that we are losing quality teachers as a result of new teacher burnout as well as retiring experienced teachers. I have shared what I believe to be the personal effects that high teacher turnover has on students who will miss out on the guidance and mentorship I received from past teachers of mine. The impact of losing quality teachers is not only detrimental for our students; it also bears significant financial repercussions for local economies and the…

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Losing Quality Teachers – Part 2

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 11:43am 0 Comments

In an earlier post, I discussed the tendency of new educators to leave the teaching profession in the infancy of their careers and asked why and what can be done to support new teachers. New teacher burnout isn’t the only cause of high turnover in today’s schools: Thousands of baby boomer teachers are at retirement-age. Schools are now faced with the problem of replacing younger new teachers as well as retiring experienced teachers.…

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Losing Quality Teachers – Part 1

Posted on November 10, 2010 at 11:18am 0 Comments





Half of new U.S. teachers are likely to quit the profession within the first five years, according to a 2006

study from the National Education Association. One-third of all public school teachers leave the profession within the first three years, states the documentary First Year Teaching. According to the NFLPA, the average career of an NFL player is three and a half seasons. We are replacing teachers faster than football teams are replacing linebackers!…

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