And the Survey Says…5 Comments
Effective teaching is the key to student achievement, but how do you keep those effective teachers in the classroom?
Teachers Network is pleased to share the results of the groundbreaking survey, “What Keeps Effective Teachers in the Classroom,” funded by the Ford Foundation, in partnership with The Center for Teaching Quality and WestEd. The study focused on two primary areas: 1) what keeps quality teachers in the classroom as opposed to what makes them leave, and 2) the contribution of teacher networks to quality teacher development and retention.
Preliminary key findings show that both quality teaching and teacher retention are fostered through *professional development, effective teacher networks, and teacher leadership*. Ellen Dempsey, Teachers Network’s President & CEO, adds that, “The Teachers Network survey is especially noteworthy because it sheds new light on how professional collaboration and teacher networks contribute—in extraordinarily cost-effective ways—to increase the retention of good teachers.”
Some survey highlights include:
- 64% of teachers said they joined teacher networks because they “wanted a professional community,” which far outshone any other reason for joining networks.
- 80% reported that network participation encouraged them to remain in the classroom, while 90% shared that it improved their teaching practice.
- 59% also reported that network participation prompted them to develop better relationships with students’ parents.
- Colleagues’ support was the only school culture factor significantly associated with teachers’ long-term retention. Collaboration was by far the dominant factor in retaining teacher leaders.