Give teachers not only support, but also more autonomy. We are forced into such
a tight schedule with everyone else's programs, mandates, and testing that
we really are not allowed to do what is best for kids.
Pay is a very important part of the equation, but not the only need. Teachers
need career progression opportunities that allow them to stay in the classroom
but still develop and lead. Mentoring and coaching programs that are part-time
teaching and part-time leading are an appropriate approach, similar to the SLCSD
Peer Assistance and Review program. Leadership opportunities are either a farce
or a guaranteed way to burn teachers out because there is simply no time to
perform the duties when you already carry a full teaching load. Leadership in
this fashion would provide much of the support new teachers need and could also
provide more authentic professional development for all teachers. The catch is
funding to support these types of positions. It's just not available on
the necessary scale.
Pay the right price and they will stay.