Yesterday I posted about how to attract teachers to the profession. That answer was simple; however, according to studies, how to keep teachers in the profession does not necessarily center on money, and I would agree.
Numerous reports, including one given at the NEA-RA in Washington D.C. last week, stated that teachers already committed to the profession primarily wanted three things, none of which was money:
- support from the administration, and
- a collaborative and healthy working environment.
I interviewed five candidates yesterday and will interview two candidates today for three English positions at my school. When the interview team concluded the list of questions we had for the candidates, the interviewees then had an opportunity to inquire about us, the school, and the community. Every single question centered on respect, support, and collaboration.
More money may lure teachers in to the profession, but once there teachers want to be treated as professionals. It sure doesn’t seem too complicated.