Eye on Education

Study: School Principals Play Major Roles in Why New Teachers Stick Around

Ohio loses as much as $206 million a year due to teachers leaving the profession–not including those who retire.

Historically the largest group of teachers who stop teaching are beginning teachers. And a new published study of 184 new, Midwestern teachers found that teachers who said their schools’ principals were supportive leaders were more likely to plan to stick around.

In fact, the most important factor that influenced commitment was the beginning teacher’s perception of how well the school principal worked with the teaching staff as a whole. This was a stronger predictor of intent to remain teaching than having adequate resources, the amount of administrative duties the teacher had or the size of their workload.

Read more at: www.sciencedaily.com

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