Field Trip: Tackling Teacher Turnover

San Marcos CISD near Austin, Texas set out to boost engagement, address the issue of teacher turnover and ultimately improve student outcomes. Here’s their data-driven approach.

In this interview, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Willie Watson explains how they conducted a teacher engagement survey, what they found and the steps they’re taking in response to their findings. We also speak with Henry Wellington, founder and CEO of Upbeat, an organization that helps school districts collect and examine data around teacher engagement.

Some highlights:

  • The financial and educational cost of teacher turnover across the U.S.
  • Strategies San Marcos is employing to engage and retain teachers
  • The role of principal-teacher trust and parent-teacher communication
  • How San Marcos collected — and acted upon — teacher satisfaction and engagement data