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Improving Teacher Retention With Supportive Workplace Conditions (page 2)

— The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Updated on Jul 9, 2010

Conclusion

Teachers leave the classroom for a variety of reasons. Administrators have little control when teachers leave because of retirements, family responsibilities, or health issues, but administrators can positively affect workplace conditions. Research supports attending to workplace conditions as a means to retain teachers. When teachers are given adequate time to prepare, are respected as professionals, and are properly supported, they are more likely to remain in the profession.

References

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Hirsch, E. (2005). Listening to the experts: A report on the 2004 South Carolina teacher working conditions survey. Chapel Hill, NC: Southeast Center for Teaching Quality. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.teachingquality.org/pdfs/TWC_SCFinalReport.pdf

Hirsch, E., & Emerick, S. (with Church, K., & Fuller, E.). (2006). Arizona teacher working conditions: Designing schools for educator and student success. Results of the 2006 phase-in teacher working conditions survey. Hillsborough, NC: Center for Teaching Quality. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.teachingquality.org/pdfs/twcaz2006.pdf

Hirsch, E., & Emerick, S. (with Church, K., & Fuller, E.). (2007). Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions: A report on the 2006 North Carolina teacher working conditions survey. Hillsborough, NC: Center for Teaching Quality. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.teachingquality.org/pdfs/twcnc2006.pdf

Johnson, S. M. (2006). The workplace matters: Teacher quality, retention, and effectiveness. Washington, DC: National Education Association. Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.nea.org/research/bestpractices/images/wcreport.pdf

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