In early 2015, NPR sounded the alarm over what appeared to be a trend for high teacher turnover rates — citing that the “revolving door of teachers” is costing school systems billions a year. The numbers cited in the report — 50 percent of new teachers will leave in five years — has since been questioned, but teacher turnover rates are still a source of concern for many school districts.
As with any other organization, when faced with high turnover rates, school districts need to focus on effective retention measures. Test these 4 measures to boost teacher morale and encourage them to stay.
1. Dedicate resources toward employee feedback. According to a Gallup survey, companies that provide regular employee evaluations or feedback have a nearly 15 percent lower turnover rate than companies that don’t. Simplify the process by investing in software that allows teachers and evaluators to regularly review goals and mark progress on a more regular basis.
2. Show genuine interest in teachers’ development. Without follow-up training and designated programs, teachers may not feel that there are opportunities for growth. Be strategic in providing dedicated resources that address specific areas at different levels. Another study revealed that the vast majority of employees (98 percent) will be disengaged if they’re receiving little or no feedback.
3. Seek ways to be more progressive. Give teachers the tools they need to be more effective in the classroom. Seek out ways to support teachers by providing the resources that help them to engage with their students. Integrate technology in the classroom, as well as provide other forms of progressive education platforms.
4. Provide opportunities for teacher input. Whether they’re employee evaluations, overall school goals, or innovations, give teachers the chance to provide input. The more teachers involved in the process of setting the school’s direction, the more likely they will feel invested in future outcomes. Teachers who feel empowered will be less likely to feel disengaged.