Retaining New Teachers. The school leaders and clinical educators / mentor teachers we work with in TeacherReady know the best way for new and early career teachers to learn and grow their skills is to complete tasks themselves with coaching and support from them. School leaders and mentor teachers do at least thee things to create such an environment for retaining new teachers:
- Intentionally create structures and processes that produce transparent results in their schools—results that create passion in the new and early career teachers, and organizational cultures in which employees have purpose, do worthwhile work, and make a difference.
- Conduct 30- and 90-day one-on-one meetings with new teachers. The first few months are critical for new teachers. Structure the conversations and have them share what’s working well, whether there are barriers or challenges that are impeding their success, and who has been helpful to them.
- Establish a mentor for new teachers. This is a relationship will help create a safe place for the new and early career teacher to reflect on professional issues, making them “students of the profession,” better colleagues, and better mentors to their students.
School leaders and clinical educators of new and early career teachers play an important role in their retention. By creating effective communication and outcomes structures, conducting 30- and 90-day conversations, and providing a mentor, school leaders show new teachers that they are interested in and have a sense of ownership for their personal success.
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Become a teacher with the assistance of TeacherReady. TeacherReady offers individuals an opportunity to earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida; it was developed by teachers for teachers and is a member of the NCATE/CAEP accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida.