Why Great Teachers Quit

| November 8, 2010

Title: Why Great Teachers Quit: And How We Might Stop The Exodus

Author: Katy Farber

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin c. 2010

Check it out: LB2833.2 .F37 2010

From the publisher: 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.

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 teacher, freelance writer, and mama from the mountains of Vermont. She writes about the environment, parenting, green living and education, and can be found running the dirt (or often muddy, snowy, icy) roads of her town, or playing in the yard with her two spirited little girls.  Katy’s first book, Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus, was released in July by Corwin Press.  Her second book, Change the World with Service Learning:  How to Create, Lead and Assess Service Learning Projects, will be released next year by Rowman and Littlefield Press. She would happily expand on any of her posts for publication and is available for assignment work.

On the Web:

Katy Farber on Twitter

Katy Farber on Vermont Public Radio