Audience: Teacher Educators, Administrators
Publisher: WestEd, OSEP, NCPSE, NASDSE, Syracuse University, and New York State Education Department
Order #: LI-05-01
Keeping Quality Teachers: The Art of Retaining General and Special Education Teachers
This user-friendly tool for retaining quality teachers — especially those in special education — contains a framework for action that can be used to create a plan at the school or district level, or to strengthen existing plans. Target audiences include state and local administrators for general and special education, including superintendents, curriculum coordinators, principals, special education coordinators, and leaders of personnel development and professional development. Organized into six sections, this document provides research to assist stakeholders in understanding why retention is such a compelling issue; focuses on the improvement of working conditions; provides strategies for administrative support at the district and building levels; emphasizes the importance of induction and mentoring programs as part of a retention initiative, providing several model programs and strategies; articulates the key role played by institutions of higher education in supporting recruitment and retention; and provides implementation and evaluation suggestions for states and local school districts. Each section includes resources and references.