Special Report

Retaining Great Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

May 5, 2021
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Stephanie Shafer for Education Week
For many teachers, the thought of leaving the profession is heartbreaking. And yet about 8 percent of teachers do it every year—many of them young and early in their careers.
It's unclear how the fallout from COVID-19—the unparalleled physical, financial, and emotional stressors, and the upending of what work looks like—will ultimately affect those statistics on a national scale. But many teachers say they’re more frustrated and stressed than ever.

To understand more about why teachers consider leaving—or actually do make the jump—and the impact of the pandemic on their decisionmaking, the EdWeek Research Center surveyed about 1,000 teachers and school leaders online in March 2021. The nationally representative results provide a backbone for this series of stories, which are meant both to illuminate the barriers to keeping great teachers and offer some solutions.

About This Project

This report is part of a larger joint collaboration between Education Week and Roadtrip Nation. The project also includes an original national survey, documentary video features, and an online Teachers Community Hub. Support for this work comes from Carnegie Corporation of New York, Overdeck Family Foundation, Strada Education Network, and Walton Family Foundation.