Education Report Roundup

Factors Influencing Retention Analyzed

By Bess Keller — March 15, 2005 1 min read

“Who Stays in Teaching and Why: A Review of the Literature on Teacher Retention” is scheduled to be online March 21 from the NRTA.

A report sponsored by the AARP’s Educator Community highlights the array of factors—from pay, to relationships with colleagues, to opportunities for professional growth—that influence teachers’ decisions about whether to stick with a particular school or with teaching in general.

The evidence marshaled by Susan Moore Johnson, Jill Harrison Berg, and Morgaen L. Donaldson of the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, based at Harvard University’s graduate school of education, suggests that different subgroups of teachers respond differently to incentives and constraints.

A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2005 edition of Education Week