Improving Teacher Retention Rates through New Teacher Support Strategies

Zach Gould

Research has shown that the first five years of a new teachers career are the most critical time for leaving the profession. Combine this with the fact that replacing a teacher generally cost between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on district size ($5,000 for small districts and $20,000 for large districts). It should be standard practice to support new teachers for their first five years of teaching. However, many districts only give direct support to new teachers for one year.

The goal of this project is to outline a plan to give new teachers support for five years. Improving new teacher retention will save school districts money, administrator’s time, and improve learning by keeping skilled teachers from leaving the classroom. This project aims to use researched based practices, combined with real world resources, and practical experiences to increase new teacher retention rates. 

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