What’s that they say about an ounce of prevention vs. a pound of cure? Or plugging the hole in your bucket before trying to fill it?
There’s a reason for these sage proverbs: avoiding a problem — like teacher turnover — is better than having to fix it.
The good news: You can take steps to reduce turnover, improve instruction and impact student achievement at the same time.
It Begins on Day One: Onboarding
“We work with our professional learning colleagues that very first week of bringing new teachers on board. Human Resources takes the first morning to welcome them and make sure they have everything they need, and then our professional learning department takes over the next 4½ days….We have a full two-year mentorship program where we stay very closely connected to those teachers, because we know that’s the most critical time for them to experience success.”
Throughout a Teacher’s Career: Ongoing Support
“Teachers now feel more confident in letting people in and talking about teaching in rich and meaningful ways. And every teacher, from the pre-service teacher to the 20-year veteran teacher, says, ‘I have room to grow, too.’”
Underneath It All: Culture
“People do want to learn, and they want to grow. They signed up to be an educator, because they believe the best of kids, and they want to get better. … When you have open, honest conversations, you’re able to do that and not end up leaving here worried about your job or thinking that somebody is going to be watching you, and being really nervous and upset about that. It really is about relationships.”
Resources for Continuous Improvement
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