New Book Offers Solutions for America’s Current Educational Crisis
The rate of teacher attrition may soon leave America’s classrooms without enough teachers or school administrators.
Albuquerque, NM — Forty-four percent of classroom teachers are leaving the educational field within five years. They are leaving almost as quickly as Colleges of Education are graduating them. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is three years, except in inner-cities, in low-performing, minority or rural schools – where it is 18 months.
If we wish to slow the educational exodus, we need to do three
1. Actively recruit new applicants to teaching.
2. Retain existing staff.
3. Refresh the skills and knowledge of those people already in schools.
In his new book, Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators, author Franklin Schargel said, “We have a national crisis on our hands. America is hemorrhaging highly trained, very experienced professional educators. Schools experiencing elevated turnover are more likely to hire teachers who are not fully certified. High poverty, minority, inner-city and rural schools are more likely to have vacancies and are likely to fill positions with first-year or non-credentialed teachers.”
Praise for Who Will Teach the Children?
“The two greatest challenges of education, teacher attrition and student dropouts, have much in common. Teachers are not quitting … they are systematically disengaging because of situations and conditions of the profession. Franklin does a great job of outlining those conditions.”
— Dr. Tony Thacker, Assistant State Superintendent of Education, Alabama
This book poses and supplies answers to the following questions:
- Why are educators leaving? (It’s not mainly about salary.)
- What, if anything, can be done to retain them?
- How do we slow the educational exodus?
- Which states are most affected?
- Which subject areas face the greatest shortages?
- What are schools and states doing to fill the void?
- How do we create a globally competitive school system?
Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators is published by School Success Network Press. It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and through IngramSpark.
About Franklin P. Schargel
Franklin P. Schargel is an internationally recognized expert, keynote presenter, and training specialist on school dropout prevention. His career spans thirty-three years of classroom teaching and counseling, as well as eight years of supervision and administration. He is the author of 12 books on such important issues as preventing school violence, dropout prevention, at-risk learners, leadership and school culture.
Franklin received the National Dropout Prevention Center’s Crystal Star Award. In addition, the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention honored him with its “Program of the Year Award”. In 2016, Auburn University awarded him the “Auburn Hero Award” for his work in “reducing dropouts and for helping Alternative Education Schools”.
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