First-Year Teacher Support Strategies and Programs

Publication May 20205 pages

On average each year, 8% of teachers leave the profession. Reasons for educator departure vary, but among first-year teachers, lack of support is one of the top reasons cited in national teacher surveys for early career departure. To retain teachers and help them become better educators, comprehensive first-year support is vital. This paper highlights some of the supports offered throughout the region, such as mentorship and innovative professional growth support, as well as how states across the nation fund support programs.