Have you ever had a health science instructor go back to the industry in the middle of the school year? Do you wish you could have better retention of your health science teachers? You’re not alone. An administrator in Texas recently told me that within the first two weeks of school every year, they’ll see a handful of health science instructors quit and go back to the industry. This is hugely disruptive to their students’ learning and often results in the administrator scrambling to cover the classes. Like this administrator, your new teachers are optimistic and excited about their new career path, and you want to help them have a good start to the year. But what can you do to make that happen?
As a CTE curriculum developer, we speak with CTE administrators on a regular basis to better understand their struggles. A common thread to these conversations is high teacher turnover. Knowing that this is a huge challenge, we've pulled together some teacher retention strategies based on conversations we've had with CTE instructors. The four best strategies to retain CTE teachers are: Provide up to date instructional materials and resources Reduce the time it takes for grading Help with Reaching Diverse Students Mentors for 1st Year Teachers Most of CTE instructors have moved from an industry career to teaching and are faced with unfamiliar situations for which they have not been trained. Here’s one example from a health science instructor in Marion County, Florida:
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Every generation is different. Every classroom is different. But today’s generation and classrooms look nothing like 10 years ago. In fact, classrooms change so rapidly these days that education isn’t even the same as it was five years ago. A big part of that is because today’s generation is the first one made of digital natives. They’ve never known a world without the Internet, and they’ve used smartphones since they could practice fine motor skills.