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Classroom Q&A

With Larry Ferlazzo

In this EdWeek blog, an experiment in knowledge-gathering, Ferlazzo will address readers’ questions on classroom management, ELL instruction, lesson planning, and other issues facing teachers. Send your questions to lferlazzo@epe.org.

Professional Development Opinion

Why Do Teachers Leave High-Poverty Urban Schools?

By Larry Ferlazzo — May 06, 2015 1 min read

The new “question-of-the-week” is:

Why do teachers avoid, or leave, high poverty urban public schools and what can be done to improve the situation?


This is actually a “repeat” question -- you can see a three-part series from last year on this same topic. But, since the issue of teacher attrition is such a huge issue, and one that’s been in the news recently, I thought it was worth another look.


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Education Week has published a collection of posts from this blog -- along with new material -- in an ebook form. It’s titled Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching.

Last, but not least, I record a weekly eight-minute BAM! Radio podcast with educators who provide guest responses to questions. You can listen and/or download them here.

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