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End the Martyrdom of American Teachers

Center for Teaching Quality

CTQ's own CEO Barnett Berry returns from a trip to Singapore where "teachers indicated the following top three reasons for staying in the field: (1) a positive culture with a strong sense of mission; (2) good compensation and rewards benchmarked against market rates; and (3) a wide range of opportunities for professional growth and development." Compare this to America where "about 40-50 percent [of teachers leave] within their first five years."
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  • Scott Taylor

    There's a fairly new organization in Washington State called Teachers United http://www.teachersunitedwa.org that is trying to increase teacher retention by getting them involved in setting the educational policies of their communities. This could range from talking to the local school board to testifying in front of Congress. It's an interesting idea and it seems to be taking off well.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think the collaborating that teachers experience in Singapore- as well as the administrative support, are key to their success. The more support you have from staff, the less likely you are to get burned out.

    • Center for Teaching Quality

      Alessandra, We completely agree with you--teachers need far more support from mentors, colleagues, and administration than they currently receive. That is at the core of our mission--to provide teachers with a place to connect, collaborate, share, and encourage each other. Thanks for posting that insight!