Author ORCID Identifier
Jakopovic - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9554-9201
The United States faces a continuing shortage of well-prepared secondary mathematics teachers, among the worst of any subject (Malkus, Hoyer, & Sparks, 2015). To address this issue, schools often rely on both inservice professional development, which not all teachers may opt to participate in, as well as initial teacher preparation programs, to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. The quality of teacher preparation, particularly related to pedagogical practice, significantly impacts new teacher attrition (Ingersoll, Merrill, & May, 2014). Studies find that 50% of all teachers leave the profession within the first five years (Foster, 2010), and the rate of departure for mathematics teachers is highest in high-poverty schools (e.g., Goldring, Taie, & Riddles, 2014). According to the Learning Policy Institute, 40% of newly hired mathematics or science teachers are underprepared, and underprepared teachers are far more likely to teach in schools serving students of color and low-income students (Carver-Thomas, 2018). These studies speak to the urgency of both training highly qualified mathematics teachers and providing ongoing support during their induction years to ensure new teachers find the success and job satisfaction needed to retain them in the profession. The Secondary Teacher Recruitment and Induction in Diverse Educational Settings (STRIDES) RAC members strive to create a sustainable and cohesive system of professional support (from pre-service through early years in the profession) to retain high-quality secondary mathematics teachers in the field. This report highlights the current work of the STRIDES team to develop timely interventions and supports through which to meet this goal.
Amick, Lisa; Martinez, James; and Jakopovic, Paula M., "Supporting Teacher Retention in Diverse Educational Settings (STRIDES)" (2020). Teacher Education Faculty Proceedings & Presentations. 38.