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Archive for May, 2014

Teacher Stayers and Teacher Leavers

Have you ever wondered why some teachers stay and others leave?

I heard this NPR show yesterday about teachers who left teaching and it appeared to be largely related to the fact that teaching is not viewed as a high status job. Teachers and their students notice this.

You can find the radio show at:


What might we do to change this? Does higher income equal higher status or is there another way? If you’re a teacher, why do you stay?


You might be interested in this dissertation:Sell, C. (2014). Teacher retention: A phenomenological investigation into the lived experience of three elementary teacher stayers. George Mason University, Virginia, Conferred, December, 2012.