Citadel symposium to bolster new teacher retention
While many teachers choose their profession because they want a rewarding career, a significant portion finds life in the classroom to be overwhelming. In Charleston County, the average five-year turnover rate hovers around 15 percent, which is significantly above the state average. CERRA, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, wants to change that statistic; and The Citadel, along with Newberry College, has stepped in to help.
This Wednesday, 200 new teachers from across the state will come to The Citadel campus to participate in the 2012 South Carolina Induction Symposium. Through CERRA, seasoned teachers designed the conference for newer ones, who have just completed their first year of teaching. The purpose of the symposium is to support new teachers during a time they are most vulnerable to leaving the profession.
“The first year of teaching is mentally, physically and emotionally challenging,” said Kathryn Richardson Jones, associate professor of education at The Citadel. “Because of this, many get discouraged and leave the profession. We hope that the conference will serve to help bridge a highly qualified teacher supply gap across the state due to rapid attrition.” Jones is also on the CERRA governing board.
The all-day event will include a lecture from the 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Amy McAllister. The agenda also incorporates break-out sessions where teachers can choose from 30 different topics, like Teaching Strategies for the At-Risk High School Student and We’re in this Together: Handling the Challenging Parent.