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Being a teacher needs to be the best job in the district

There are too many incentives for teachers to leave the classroom and not enough for them to stay, NCEE’s Jason Dougal and Ann Borthwick argue in a commentary for K-12 Dive.

Dougal and Borthwick lay out a vision for an education system in which teachers’ work environment is more like that of doctors and lawyers and they are rewarded for leading the growth of their colleagues. Implementing these changes in light of current teacher shortages will attract more people to education and keep them in classrooms longer.

Teaching is the lifeblood of schooling. Right now, though, teachers are exhausted, stretched and stressed — too many are looking for the exit.

With the right strategy we can not only re-energize current teachers, but remake the profession into one that isn’t just a stepping stone to a “better” position in education. Instead, we can make teaching the best job in the district. Until we do, we will not make any meaningful progress toward improving learning for children at scale.

More than 800,000 educators quit last year. A recent poll shows more than half of remaining teachers are planning an early exit from the role.

Reasons for quitting include pay, but they’re also about respect, opportunity and support. In response to this mass exodus, districts are resorting to piecemeal responses that may ease the immediate pain but will certainly not address the underlying causes of what’s harming our educators.

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Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages
Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages