Dr. Shehnaz Khalfan-Washington, who earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Trident from 2017, was startled to learn that 30% of K-12 teachers leave the profession by the end of their first year, and that 40% to 50% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years. She presented research on the subject in a recent Trident CORE webinar.
As a mentor herself, she wondered if and how teacher mentoring programs could help reduce the rate of teacher turnover. In her study, Dr. Khalfan-Washington interviewed 15 participants (mentees) that have been teaching between one and three years.
Although the participants felt that there is ample support and professional development opportunities for teachers, their experiences with mentoring programs was ineffective.
Based on feedback from the participants in Dr. Khalfan-Washington's study, here are 5 tips for creating an effective mentoring program:
It takes three to seven years' experience for a teacher to become highly qualified. But because the teacher turnover rate is so high, there are fewer and fewer qualified teachers. Moving forward with good mentoring programs could lead to positive changes in teacher retention rates.
Note: While Trident does not offer teacher/administrator certification/credentialing programs, the doctoral degrees offered help prepare students for the rapidly changing education landscape.