K-12 Teacher Retention: Diagnosing the Cause, Treating Its Symptoms, and Working Towards A Cure

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  • 90 minutes

Addressing issues of teacher retention has long been an area of concern for school leaders, especially those responsible for the management of understaffed and under-resourced schools. Although teacher turnover is often depicted as an exclusively fiscal or policy issue, many known causes of turnover often originate the classroom. Unfortunately, in many of these latent problems are rarely addressed and, not surprisingly, result in a precipitous decline in both student learning and workplace morale.

Join this session by expert speaker Ethan S. Ake-Little, where he will cover a range of topics from how school leaders can better meet teacher needs via the implementation of comprehensive supports, better professional development, and more productive collective bargaining.

Session Highlights:

  • Explore why teacher hiring, training, and retention are increasingly difficult goals for school administrators

  • Review some well-researched gaps in teacher preparation and professional development that might contribute to the problem of teacher retention

  • Examine some data, scenarios, and solutions related to teacher hiring, training, and retention in various district types (e.g. rural and urban, large and small)

  • Discuss ways in which school administrators might plan to exercise more effective leadership to proactively address potential causes of teacher turnover

  • Recognize the differences in administrative support needs for new teachers (=5 years experience) and more experienced teachers (=6 years experience)

Why You Should Attend:

As the political issues surrounding K-12 education become more frequent in the media, everyone from parents to policymakers is struggling to comprehend what has become a crisis-level concern - the hiring and retention of qualified teachers. The 2018-19 waves of teachers strikes illustrate that teachers are struggling in their jobs as a consequence of state and local policy, which has ultimately resulted in negative repercussions for school students.

Participants in this webinar will have the chance to not only delve into the causes of teacher turnover but also explore ways in which their respective institutions can learn from these issues with the goal of making a long-term investment in their faculty.

Who Should Attend:

  • Educators (school administrators, teachers)

  • School law attorneys

  • Special education attorneys

  • Attorneys who practice in the area of disability law

  • Criminal defense attorneys

  • Parents

  • School Governing Board members

  • Educational advocates

  • Hearing Officers

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Ethan Ake-Little

Ethan Ake-Little

Ethan Ake-Little is the inaugural Assistant Director of STEM for the School District of Philadelphia and has a background in both K-12 and higher education. Most recently, he served as a Research Assistant for the General Education Program at Temple University, where he supported program evaluation efforts of the University’s core curriculum for nearly 30,000 undergraduate students. He authored several studies on teaching and learning, reviewed for academic journals, and published commentary about policy related issues in K-12 and higher education for outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Education Week and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.During his time at Temple, Ethan also served as President of the Temple University Graduate Students Association (TUGSA AFT Local #6290), the only graduate employee labor union in Pennsylvania, where he led the local’s fifth contract negotiations with the University. Currently, he teaches statistics to students enrolled in Temple University's Executive Ed.D. program.

Prior to his experiences in higher education, Ethan served as a biology teacher first at the Charter High School for Architecture & Design (Philadelphia) and later at The Agnes Irwin School (Bryn Mawr), where he participated in several national teacher professional development fellowship programs including the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy and The Klingenstein Summer Institute. In addition to possessing a Principal K-12 certificate, Ethan holds certifications in General Science 7-12, Biology 7-12, Chemistry 7-12, and Physics 7-12. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University, a M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Chestnut Hill College and a B.A. in History &Political Science with a minor in Biochemistry from Drexel University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years prior to immediate matriculation to the M.D. program at Drexel University College of Medicine as part of an accelerated degree program.

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