Professional Culture: Resourcing Professional Growth to Reduce Teacher Turnover

At a macro level, teacher shortage is traditionally attributable to cyclical forces of supply and demand. Further, teacher attrition and turnover contribute to teacher shortages. At the micro level, the effects of organizational conditions and school characteristics significantly influence teacher turnover and attrition, even when controlling for teacher characteristics.

In this brief, authors Robin Martin, Susan O’Hara, Joanne Bookmyer, and Renee Newton present a research-based approach that encourages local, school and district solutions to teacher shortages through better resourcing teacher professional development and support. We offer these research and practice-based solutions as examples of how local organizational conditions that foster cultures of collaborative professionalism hold potential to mitigate the impact of teacher turnover, thereby improving retention, organizational stability and performance.

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