Each year, nearly half a million teachers switch schools or leave the profession altogether. Eric Soule, who landed his first full-time job at a charter school in Riverside, California, in 2013, spent years as a substitute teacher in public schools.
“It really seemed like the school districts were stringing me along,” Soule said. “[They said] ‘Oh, at the end of the year we can hire you on.’ And that happened year after year.”
Ellen Moir, CEO of the New Teacher Center, says young teachers, in particular, frequently leave fast.
“Mostly they’re getting placed in urban districts or rural America, in some of the toughest schools and some of the most under-served communities,” Moir said. “And they are given a sink or swim method.”
Many of them swim in the same direction.
“Typically the path is toward higher-wealth, whiter districts, where students can predicatably perform better,” said Susan Moore Johnson a Research Professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Moore says her research shows that a school’s culture plays a huge role. It also indicates that teachers will stay in schools where they have good leadership and feel supported.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.