Teachers are leaving the field too soonfleeing the classroom

On average, educators spend tens of thousands of dollars and years of their lives preparing for this career. Unfortunately, for many, once they start teaching, they find themselves feeling like they are not making a difference and do not feel successful. Those feelings are a huge part of why they leave.

It is reported that almost 20% of teachers leave education within the first three years and 50% are reported to leave the field within the first 5 years of teaching.

The effects of the loss of teachers are seen in poor student achievement and negative school climate.

The Cost of this Challenge

Teacher turnover rates have a lasting effect on schools. The cost of turnover ranges from $5,000 per teacher exiting in a small rural district to almost $18,000 in an urban district. The total cost of turnover in Chicago Public Schools is estimated to be over $86 million per year.2

Each year in the United States, there are approximately 325,000 new teachers in public and private education3. Schools desperately need to keep these teachers supported for so much more than financial reasons. The loss of these new educators effects all students.

1http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/03/30/395322012/the-hidden-costs-of-teacher-turnover
2http://www.nea.org/tools/17054.htm
3https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d15/tables/dt15_208.20.asp?current=yes

Retain or Replace?

With educators leaving the classroom after only a few years and many schools facing an enormous challenge in terms of hiring and filling those seats, the question of how to protect this precious resource is huge.

Should you work to retain and develop your educators or work to find new educators to fill those empty classrooms? Download our infographic to help you think through this issue.

A Teacher's Concerns

Relevant experience

It takes time for many educators to feel successful. Unfortunately, we need new teachers to feel some success from day one so they stick around long enough to gain that feeling of expertise. For many, it just takes too long. They need the right learning experiences from day one.

Personalized Strategy and Advice

When looking for support, most educators rely on their teacher friends and the internet to enhance their development. While these resources have good intentions, they often rely on the "It worked for me, it should work for you" theory. Unfortunately, more often than not, this isn't true.

Effective Communication Skills

Educators want more development in the areas of communication with parents, peers, and administrators. There is a lot to navigate and there are few 'low stakes' opportunities to practice writing clear emails or having a challenging conversation with a student's family.

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