Why Great Teachers Quit: Educators from Across the Country Tell Us How to Make Schools Better for Everyone

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More talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Politicians and educational leaders talk about evaluating teachers, but who is talking about retaining our nation's best educators? In the book, Why Great Teachers Quit, Katy Farber offers an insider's view of teaching today, with solutions to stop of the tide of teachers out the door.

Improving student learning and performance is the goal of all schools—but you can’t forget about the people doing the actual work of teaching in America’s classrooms.

After one of her friends and colleagues suddenly quit teaching, Katy Farber knew she had to do something. The mother of two, who teaches fifth and sixth grade at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, started researching teacher attrition and interviewing teachers who quit from across the country. Their stories were raw, emotional, and surprisingly similar. She knew she had to share them, and look for ways to keep our nation’s best teachers in the classroom.

Low pay, increased responsibilities, and high-stakes standardized testing—these are just some of the reasons why more talented teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. Drawing on in-depth interviews with teachers all over the country, Katy Farber presents an in-the-trenches view of the classroom exodus and uncovers ways that schools can turn the tide in her book WHY GREAT TEACHERS QUIT AND HOW WE MIGHT STOP THE EXODUS (Corwin Press, July 6, 2010).

Farber’s findings paint a sometimes shocking picture of life in today’s schools, taking a frank look at:

  •     Challenges to teacher endurance, including tight budgets, difficult parents, standardized testing, unsafe schools, inadequate pay, and lack of respect
  •     Strategies veteran teachers use to make sure the joys of teaching outweigh the frustrations
  •     Success stories from individual schools and districts that have found solutions to these challenges
  •     Recommendations for creating a school environment that fosters teacher retention

Featuring clear analysis and concrete suggestions for administrators and policy makers, Why Great Teachers Quit takes you to the front lines of the fight to keep great teachers where they belong: in the classroom.

About the Author: Katy Farber is a full time teacher and parent of two small children. She wrote Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus late into the night, after full days of teaching and parenting. She also writes the popular blog, Non-Toxic Kids (http://www.non-toxickids.net) about green living and parenting, environmental health and safety for families, and green activism.


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