Teacher recruitment is a hot topic in education policy. Last month I attended an Education Writers Association summit in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation, on issues related to teacher quality, and the topic of teacher recruitment had its own panel. (See my teacher recruitment rant here.)
The teachers in the room raised a key issue that wasn't getting airtime: How do we keep our current talent? Good teachers are leaving the profession in droves. I've included some of my thoughts on this in the cartoon below. For a more polished argument see this excellent 3-part essay on teacher retention by teacher-blogger and fellow EWA summit attendee Stephen Lazar at GothamSchools.org.