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Teacher

Recruitment
and retention
Katie Jeffrey
Current Challenge at
Michigan
★ Teacher vacancycollegiate
in middle school science and high
school SPED
★ High teacher turnover, especially in 9th grade
math, middle school science, middle school social
studies and special ed (HS and MS)
★ Lack of high quality teacher candidates
★ Lack of competitive edge
Impact of teacher Turnover
★ Negatively impacts student achievement

★ Inexperienced and underprepared teacher are


usually hired to replace

★ School culture and morale


qualify for free and reduced -priced
lunch. I stay because the school
climate is good for children and
teachers alike. I stay because my
principal is wonderful, supports us,
does what's best for children and
because i trust her. I stay because
my colleagues are gifted teachers
and good company and because i
continually learn from them.”
Major factors impacting teacher
retention
★ Quality of administrative support
★ School culture
★ Collegial relationships
★ Time for collaboration
★ Decision-making input
★ Salaries
★ Resources for teaching
Learning Policy Institute. (2017). The Role of Principals in Addressing Teacher Shortages (research brief). Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.
Effects of principals on teacher
retention in high needs schools
★ Teachers’ perceptions of their school’s leader are
a dominant factor in their decision to remain in
the school
★ Effective school managers
★ Effective instructional leaders
★ Inclusive decision makers

Learning Policy Institute. (2017). The Role of Principals in Addressing Teacher Shortages (research brief). Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.
Recommendations for teacher
recruitment and retention
★ negotiate salary structures that incentivize retention
★ use federal levers in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
to provide low-income schools and districts with additional
resources to attract and retain high-quality teachers
★ multi-step hiring process that allows the school staff and
candidate to assess their fit based on extensive information
★ develop strong partnerships with local teacher preparation
programs that create pipelines to hiring

Podolsky, A., Kini, T., Bishop, J., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2016). Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators (research
brief). Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.
Recommendations Continued
★ invest in high-quality teacher induction programs (ESSA funding
under Title II)
★ survey teachers to assess the quality of the teaching and learning
environment and to guide improvements
★ update school design, scheduling, and the allocation of resources
in order to provide teachers with the time necessary for productive
collaboration

Podolsky, A., Kini, T., Bishop, J., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2016). Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators (research brief).
Palo Alto, CA: Learning Policy Institute.