One quote that jumped out and bit me:
Nationally, 12 percent of all public school teachers are in their first or second year, according to an Education Week analysis of new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights. And in some states, that figure may be higher than 15 percent.
Think about that: overall, 12% of U.S. teachers are in their first or second year. That's about 1 in 9 teachers. Think about your school: does this statistic ring true? As the article points out, it depends on where you are geographically. (Almost 25% of Florida teachers are apparently in this novice teacher category. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT!)
I recently read a report from the U.S. Department of Education published in 2017 (The Teacher Residency: A Practical Path to Recruitment and Retention) that included this quote:
This has me thinking: there are some locations that are surely revolving doors for new teachers, metaphorically. If 20 or 30% of new teachers only stay in the profession for more than 5 years, it's no wonder that there is a continuous need for new teachers, and it makes sense that about 1 in 9 teachers overall is in the novice category.National studies indicate that around 20–30 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and that attrition is even higher (often reaching 50 percent or more) in high-poverty schools and in high-need subject areas.
|Here's a group of the future teachers I serve. 19 of them in this photo. |
How many of them will still be teaching 5 years after graduation?
So...here is my question:
What can we do to support new teachers?
I'm asking this as a real question to any educators (or perhaps especially former educators) who might be reading this, and I hope you'll respond in the comments section:
What would have helped you in those induction years when you were a novice teacher? What would have been the most encouraging means to support you as you began your work as a professional educator?I'm collecting ideas here!