Title: Post Pandemic Issues and their Effect on Teacher Retention in the United States
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Julie Smith, Loyola Marymount University, United States
The public education system is facing a teacher retention crisis in the United States, post pandemic. Estimates that as many as one out of every two teachers in American public education are actively seeking to leave the profession in 2022. Since many educators have already left the profession, district administrators have been scrambling to find ways to cover classes. As well, school districts are having significant difficulties hiring and retaining new and substitute teachers. Teacher workload, stress and respect issues stemming from changes in laws supporting classroom management and post -pandemic parent – student accountability, have changed the desirability of teaching as a profession. According to teacher surveys, there has been a significant deterioration in student behavior since the end of lockdowns in various states. In those states which experienced the longest lockdowns, educators report an increase in serious behavior issues and a decrease in parental support. Teachers also cite changes to the curricula that place them in untenable positions whereby they are caught in the middle of parent and school district disputes. Citing stress and better opportunities elsewhere, there has been a huge uptick in mid-year resignations. Incidence of teachers willing to break their contract, no matter what the cost, have skyrocketed. This presentation will examine data from an educator poll, and a survey of American educational media reports.
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