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Residency Program Tries to Solve Problem of Teacher Burnout

Hundreds of teachers are hired each year to fill vacancies in Baltimore, and the majority will be newcomers to the profession. In urban districts, where many are assigned to teach children with some of the greatest challenges, the national burnout rate is astonishing. Fifty percent of new teachers leave the profession in the first three years.

For years, former Baltimore school administrator Jennifer Green watched struggling teachers with lots of will but little skill, and came to believe one major obstacle to improving schools was the high turnover rate and inexperienced teachers. Eventually, she hatched a potential solution, and in 2009, she and a colleague quit their jobs and started the Baltimore-based Urban Teacher Center.