Appendix 6-6

Putting the Spotlight on Key Roles




  • Promote student achievement for all students, through development and implementation of educational strategies to retain quality teachers, particularly in areas of persistent shortages
  • Create dialogue among National, State, and regional policymakers to recognize the linkages between student achievement and teacher retention
  • Develop systemic strategies for educators/districts to prepare for implementation of professional development and teacher certification requirements, including teacher mentoring
  • Offer targeted technical assistance to encourage systematic strategies of retention for all teachers, based on locally determined needs
  • Create an environment where the use of data and research-based practices form the foundation to support the retention of all teachers
  • Allocate resources to support teacher retention strategies, especially in schools with the greatest needs
School Superintendent
  • Create a vision of success for all students, including students with disabilities
  • Motivate schools and the community through their actions and commitment to educational excellence for all students
  • Promote expectations that all school environments will support quality teaching and learning
  • Increase school board and public awareness of the critical link between teacher retention and success of students
  • Collaborate within the schools and in the community to seek ways to address barriers to retaining quality teachers
  • Provide school and community leadership to set priorities and implement actions to recruit and retain quality teachers
School Board
  • Increase its understanding of the linkage between teacher retention and student achievement for all students
  • Create and sustain positive school climates that promote teaching and learning for all students and school staff
  • Establish priorities for addressing barriers that interfere with teacher retention, especially in areas of persistent shortages, such as special education, mathematics, and sciences
  • Recognize the cost of teacher turnover and allocate specific resources to address the issues of teacher retention both at the district and building levels
  • Monitor and evaluate student outcomes related to strategies developed to recruit and retain teachers
  • Foster and reinforce school and community collaboration to enhance the retention of teachers within the district
School Principal







  • Communicate a commitment to high academic performance for all students, including students with disabilities
  • Provide school building leadership that creates a positive school climate among students, school faculty and staff, and parents to help all children achieve success
  • Demonstrate strong educational and administrative leadership to support teachers in meeting the educational needs of all students
  • Collaborate with school faculty and unions to share success and address risk factors related to teacher retention
  • Promote supportive teacher retention strategies, such as improving working conditions, increasing administrative supports for all teachers and creating induction and mentoring programs
  • Create a culture of shared responsibility and ownership needed to ensure the highest quality of teaching and learning
School Faculty and Staff
  • Create and demonstrate a commitment to high expectations for learning for all students, including students with disabilities
  • Respond to the challenges faced by new teachers through collegial support and building positive relationships among all teachers
  • Work collaboratively and provide positive role models to help all teachers develop skills that enhance the teaching and learning process
  • Encourage and support innovative strategies, such as mentoring, to promote competencies in new teachers
  • Work in partnership with all school and community partners to create a helpful and encouraging school environment for all teachers
  • Support strategies to address barriers to recruiting and retaining quality teachers within the school environment
Human Resources Department
  • Promote student achievement through development and implementation of policies to retain quality teachers
  • Provide professional development opportunities including mentoring to strengthen the skills of educators to teach all students
  • Establish personnel policies that enhance the personal and professional well-being of teachers, staff and administrators
  • Foster collegial and supportive school environments to ensure positive working conditions for all school staff
  • Encourage collaboration with institutions of higher education and other community partners to support teaching and learning
  • Negotiate funding, adequate supplies and materials, and instructional resources
Special Education Coordinators
  • Create and shape the vision of a school environment where all children can learn
  • Provide the knowledge, skills and expertise to support the teaching and learning process for all students, especially those with disabilities
  • Actively support initiatives that create an atmosphere of learning and trust for faculty who teach students with disabilities
  • Foster and promote improved collaboration among all stakeholders focused on supporting the academic needs of students with disabilities
  • Help identify staff development and training needs that support school staff in addressing barriers to teaching and learning for students with disabilities
  • Draw upon and provide support to local, state and national support structures to foster improved academic achievement for students
Teachers’ Unions
  • Promote the role of quality teachers and the importance of teacher retention as factors in academic success for all students, including students with disabilities
  • Partner and link teacher union and school district programs to create innovative strategies to retain quality teachers, particularly in areas of persistent shortages
  • Provide strong energetic leadership in designing and implementing orientation, mentoring, induction and professional development programs for all teachers
  • Recognize and build on the skills of veteran teachers to support new teachers in enhancing their teaching skills
  • Advocate at the local, state, and national levels to create supportive teaching environments and working conditions where all teachers can succeed
  • Create an environment for teachers to feel nurtured, to network, and to enhance their teaching skills through collaborative initiatives
Parents and Families


  • Set high expectations for achievement of their children and provide the support needed to help their children achieve success
  • Work collaboratively with school faculty and staff to help all students, including students with disabilities, to focus on school and learning
  • Increase their knowledge about the relationship between teacher retention and student achievement, and support initiatives to promote quality teaching
  • In partnership with teachers, provide role models for their children through increased knowledge and skills
  • Participate in school/community teams that foster supportive school and community environments where both teachers and students experience success
  • Be involved in the school community, with an emphasis on raising expectations regarding the recruitment and retention of quality teachers
  • Develop and foster positive attitudes towards school, their fellow students, and the school faculty and staff
  • Support and acknowledge the role that quality teaching plays in academic success
  • Respect and learn to appreciate the diversity and differences in teaching and learning styles among all students, including those with disabilities, and school faculty and staff
  • Work collaboratively with school faculty, staff, and all students to promote a positive school environment that encourages teachers in their roles
  • Support and encourage fellow students in responding to the teaching and learning process; promote and support positive learning experiences within the school
  • Demonstrate increasing responsibility as they mature for contributing to a spirited and supportive school environment
Institutions of Higher Education
  • Strive to ensure that all new teachers entering the workforce are appropriately trained to help all students achieve learning standards
  • Create and share research and evaluation findings to enhance teacher retention, especially in areas of persistent shortages
  • Establish partnerships and cooperative agreements with local school districts to enhance the linkages between pre-service training and ongoing professional development
  • Develop inclusive pre-service programs and follow-up training and support for new and experienced teachers, particularly in areas of persistent shortages
  • Enhance the involvement of higher education in local school districts through programmatic initiatives to promote achievement for all students
  • Collaborate with schools and the community to support and enhance teacher retention
Other Community Partners
  • Promote and support a school and community environment that values high expectations for learning
  • Expand their knowledge about the importance of teacher retention and its impact on student achievement
  • Demonstrate a collaborative commitment to helping all students and teachers achieve success in school
  • Offer time, expertise, and resources to support retention initiatives and the educational growth of students
  • Provide positive outlets for teachers through community support for internships, mentoring, and building a community of learners to support the teaching role
  • Support the allocation of resources, including those needed to address barriers to teacher retention, necessary to ensure that all children, including those with disabilities, receive a quality education