Teacher shortages have reached crisis levels for K–12 schools in all types of districts, with acute needs in certain geographic regions and teaching areas. Visit WestEd's Teacher Compensation Initiative for perspectives from experts in policy, practice, and research on why and how to increase teacher compensation.
REL Northwest identified eight categories that may influence a teacher's decision to stay at or leave a school. District leaders can consider implementing strategies to address these factors to support teacher retention.
Data from WestEd’s evaluation of California's Teacher Residency Grant Program suggest most residents are not yet receiving the financial support needed to make residencies affordable. In addition, many residency programs are not yet structured to scale and sustain beyond grant funding.
REL West and the Utah State Board of Education have launched the Utah Early Career Teacher Retention Partnership to learn more about the root causes of early career attrition across the state. The partnership is also identifying evidence-based strategies that districts can use to address these root causes.
A continuing question at the national and state levels is whether classrooms have enough teachers to create consistent and effective learning environments. In this blog post, REL West provides data on the teacher pipeline and attrition nationally and in the Western region.
Diversifying the educator workforce requires confronting bias, discrimination, and privilege as well as examining data. Clarifying the systemic barriers facing educators of color can inform efforts to create truly inclusive and equitable processes, policies, systems, and initiatives.