We all want future generations to be taught well. It’s the bread and butter of a high-functioning society. Yet, schools across the country are struggling to keep educators around, with over 8% leaving the profession each year. The need to obtain and retain quality teachers has intensified.
We all know teaching typically isn't a lucrative profession. According to Thrillist.com, the national average for annual teacher income hovers around $50,000. However, despite the fact that compensation for teaching efforts is not always in the budget, teacher value is being reevaluated as school districts are forced to spend time and money searching for new, qualified teachers to replace who they lost in the first place. Even if salary raises aren't feasible, incentive in all forms is proven time and time again to work. And it's what they deserve.
Improving the work environment and culture goes a long way towards establishing trust and appreciation between teachers and the administration. Giving them a voice and respecting teachers opinions along the way, not only creates a better work environment, but is genuinely important. Moreover, allow monthly meetings between teachers and administrators to help supplement these opportunities.
Work Conditions -
Schools that have adequate instructional materials and supplies, ideal student-to-teacher ratios, well-taken care of facilities, and enough support personnel available can affect teacher retention rates positively and are all conducive for the type of teaching and active learning that ought to occur. Meanwhile, inadequately resourced schools increase teacher turnover.