Essay on Teacher Retention

2805 Words Oct 23rd, 2010 12 Pages
Research Question: What role does teacher recruitment and retention play in creating student achievement in urban schools?

What keeps teachers in the classroom, while others flee to “greener pastures?” What can we do to increase the holding power of the educational arena? The answers to these questions are unclear and multi-faceted. Creating a stable teaching force in the American public school systems is urgent and requires immediate attention. High turnover rates create instability in the American school system. An unstable workforce affects a schools ability to create coherent and progressive instruction across grade levels and make it difficult for schools to implement new, innovative, and lasting reform initiatives that
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A schools operational format plays a clear and decisive role in a teacher’s job satisfaction level. For instance, teachers in our major metropolitan areas have extremely poor facilities, less access to textbooks and supplies, and larger class sizes. These are major causes of teacher attrition in urban areas and they play a significant role in their inability to attract and recruit new teachers (cite the sources of this argument). When teachers deem their respective working conditions to be inadequate, they are more likely to seek out jobs where better working conditions exist. When these teachers leave the urban districts for better jobs, conditions ultimately worsen. Urban districts are forced to spend massive amounts of money to recruit and train new teachers to replace the leavers and movers. This in turn, takes away funding that could be used to build and repair schools, purchase new textbooks and supplies, and reduce class sizes. It becomes a vicious circle. Teachers leave because of these working conditions, then funding which would be used to improve working conditions are used to recruit new teachers instead of being used to create an environment that would attract new teachers. It now becomes our challenge to break this cycle. Again, you need to cite sources for the arguments in this paragraph. Most teachers agree that the single most important factor in a school’s

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