Anyone who has been in and around education over the last twenty years or more can attest to the decreasing number of qualified teachers seeking jobs amid the increasing number of teaching vacancies. Teachers leave one school district for another, or they leave the profession, for various personal and professional reasons. As districts all over the United States see the applicant pool dwindle for their respective positions, more are becoming laser-focused on perhaps their greatest asset, the beginning teacher. Yet, 17% of teachers leave education within the first five years (Gray et al., 2015). So what can be done to keep new teachers in our districts, schools, and the profession? Here are 4 critical areas to consider.
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