Professional Culture: Resourcing Professional Growth to Reduce Teacher Turnover Authors: Robin Martin, Susan O'Hara, Joanne Bookmyer, and Renee Newton
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.
This brief presents 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.