New MERC report examines teacher retention policies
A new report by the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), a center within the VCU School of Education, examines teacher retention policies at the federal, state and regional level; how these policies differ across MERC divisions; and presents recommendations for policy and practice.
The study was guided by three research questions:
- What teacher retention policies exist at the federal, state, and local levels?
- How are these policies structured at the state and local levels?
- How do teacher retention policies vary across MERC divisions?
The authors of the report are:
- Andrene J. Castro, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership
- Adria Hoffman, Ph.D., Anna Lou Schaberg Professor of Practice, Department of Teaching and Learning
- Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership
- David Naff, Ph.D., associate director of MERC
- Peter S. Willis, Ph.D., teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools and recent graduate of the Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Curriculum, Culture and Change Program
- Andy Kane, research assistant in the School of Education’s Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Curriculum, Culture and Change Program
The MERC Teacher Retention Policy Report is part of the MERC Teacher Retention study, a research-practice partnership initiative designed to identify patterns of teacher retention in the MERC region and to determine the school and system-level factors driving them.
Castro, A., Hoffman, A., Becker, J., Naff, D., Willis, P., & Kane, A. (2022). Teacher Retention Policy Coherence: An Analysis of Policies and Practices Across Federal, State, and Division Levels. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.