The Workplace Matters: Teacher Quality, Retention, and Effectiveness
Susan Moore Johnson describes workplace conditions that support effective instruction and professional growth - including fair teaching assignments; opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues; extra induction support, ongoing professional development, and expanded career opportunities; support for working with students, curricular support for high standards, adequate and safe facilities, and a supportive school leadership.
The report emphasizes the influence of substandard workplace conditions on the high rates at which teachers - especially new teachers - leave their schools or quit the profession altogether. It suggests ways to retain more teachers through improvements in workplace conditions, particularly at hard-to-staff schools.
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The Workplace Matters: Teacher Quality, Retention, and Effectiveness (Report) (2006) ( PDF, 517 KB, 34 pgs.)