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Teacher Attrition Demands New Approaches to Leadership, Preparation

June 12, 2019

By: Naaz Modan

Source: Education Dive

As U.S. academic achievement lags behind competitor nations, school districts face a number of challenges — and quality teacher recruitment and retention remains among top concerns. A 2018 Gallup poll found more than half of superintendents (61%) chose teacher retention as the greatest struggle from a list of challenges facing school districts.

This number is not standalone. In fact, previous findings show that in the 2017-18 school year, almost every state had teacher shortages in major subject areas, and that almost half of teachers at that time said they were actively looking for a different job.

With ongoing teacher shortages and a high turnover rate quickly becoming a hallmark of the teaching profession, schools must find new ways to attract and keep quality educators.

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