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Quality Indicators for Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Action Research 

Quality Indicator 1

Context of Study:
PAISD, as well as many other school districts, have a large teacher turn-around rate.  This is due to the fact that new teachers leave the district in record numbers after the first two years in the profession.  This may be from burn-out or frustration.  Sometimes they may feel that the demands are too great or they have no one to talk to for support.  Whatever the cause, I think that effective professional development can help prepare new teacher...


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What I Have Learned about Action Research

Posted by Hope Scott on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Action Research 
  • Please share one specific topic of your greatest insight or new learning – what really caught your interest.
Strategies for Sustaining Improvement section of Examining What We Do to Improve Schools gave me the greatest insight. I did not realize that there were names for the strategies we use almost daily at school.
  • Please share one specific area where you still want to learn more.

One area I would like to learn more about is management, time, and career training. The link at h...

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CARE Model: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Action Research 

Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention CARE Model: Planning Tool

Identify Concerns that must change (look to the future)

(Assign points to concerns from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important issues to consider.)

1.         New teachers leave the district and school within 2 years

2.         Training is not relevant

3.         There is a lack of support from administrators and veteran teachers

Identify Affirmations that must be sustained (look to the present)

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PIP for Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Action Research 

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

PLAN OF ACTION

ACTION RESEARCH: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS A TOOL FOR NEW TEACHER RETENTION

 District Vision:  To ensure that new teachers remain in the district.  Many new teachers leave the profession for various reasons. 

Goal:  To provide new teachers with the training, support, and access to information needed to be successful from the very first day on campus.  To provide mentors for new teachers. To provide online technological support for new tea...


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Challenges to Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Thursday, August 5, 2010, In : Action Research 
"So many things are possible as long as you don't know they're impossible." ~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)  The main challenges I foreseen with my action research include, but, of course, is not limited to:
  • teacher apathy
  • time constraints
  • lack of commitment from mentors (mainly due to the above, time constraints).
To overcome these challenges will also be a challenge. The one thing we do not want to do with the research is add undue burden on the mentor or th...

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Sharing My Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Sunday, August 1, 2010, In : Action Research 

Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Many new teachers leave the classroom disillusioned due to a lack of support and training.  My wondering is, "How could Professional Development be designed to benefit new teachers and help in new teacher retention?"  New teachers leave campuses and districts due to the lack of support from principals and veteran teachers. New teachers need support of administrators. They need mentors to help them to be successful from their first ...


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Components of Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Thursday, July 29, 2010, In : Action Research 
My action research wondering is "How can professional development be improved to ensure success for new teachers?" Many new teachers leave campuses and districts due to the lack of support they receive from principals and veteran teachers. New teachers need support of administrators and mentors to help them to be successful from their first day on campus.

Description of the Context or Setting Study:

My action research will be district wide. I am working with our Technology Director to find ...

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Purpose and Significance of Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, In : Action Research 
"In light of teacher shortages, coupled with grim statistics on teacher retention that reveal that "after just three years, it is estimated that almost a third of new entrants to teaching have left the field, and after five years almost half are gone" (National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 2003, p. 19), a principal's support of new teachers in his/her building becomes more important than ever (Dana, 2009, p. 40)." The principal has the awesome responsibility of facilitating th...
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Improving Professional Development for New Teachers Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Saturday, July 17, 2010, In : Action Research 
Action research: How does professional development help teacher retention.  Thesis: Many new teachers leave the classroom disillusioned due to a lack of support and training.  

My original comment was as follows:
 "If I were an administrator, one area I feel would benefit from an action research investigation is Professional Development for new teachers. This is a problem of critical importance because new teachers leave campuses and districts due to the lack of support they receive from princi...

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Action Research: Professional Development as a Tool for New Teacher Retention

Posted by Hope Scott on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Action Research 
Action research, according to Dana, is intended to bring about change of some kind (Dana, 2009). Action research could be used to find "best practices" for a particular school or district.  Action research is not one size fits all: it is unique to the school or district completing the research. Research should involve input from all stakeholders in the school district.  This includes principals, new and veteran teachers, parents, students, community, and district level administrators. I love ...
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