In Retention for a Change, we give precise strategies for motivating, inspiring, and energizing a staff. The goal is to make your school a place of success for everyone. Teacher retention is a huge issue that continues to grow, and we believe that this book is one-of-a-kind in that it tackles a tough topic with practical solutions.
Dr. Joseph Jones is the Superintendent of the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District in Delaware. Joe is a former high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE since 1987. He is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Public Charter School in Wilmington, DE.
Dr. Thomas J. Vari is the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and District Operations in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware. He is a former middle school assistant principal and principal and former high school English teacher and department chair.
Foreword by Starr Sackstein
Retaining Your Best Teachers
Pembroke High School
Chapter One: Learning to Lift
The Retention Accelerators
The Right Resources
Deeper Dive: Teacher Titles, Pay Scales, and Micro-Credentialing
Chapter One Guiding Questions
Chapter Two: Intrinsic Empowerment
Practitioner Spotlight: Amy Fast
Motivation at Work
Technical Tip: A Model for Specific Praise
Chapter Two Guiding Questions
Chapter Three: Dealing with the Depths of Despair
Practitioner Spotlight: Basil Marin
Inspiration at Work
Technical Tip: Dogs and Lizards and Monkeys, Oh, My!
Chapter Three Guiding Questions
Chapter Four: Talent + Enthusiasm
Practitioner Spotlight: Jessica Grant
Energy at Work
Technical Tip: OWN IT
Chapter Four Guiding Questions
Chapter Five: Accelerated Acclimation for New Teachers
New Hire Support
Leadership Team Activity--Accelerated School Acclimation Program (A.S.A.P.)
Standing Out--What Ownership Looks Like in Action--Angela Socorso
Chapter Five Guiding Questions
Chapter Six: Quality Mentors
Assigning the Right People
Leadership Team Activity--Mentoring Teams
Standing Out--What Commitment Looks Like in Action--Candice Inniss
Chapter Six Guiding Questions
Chapter Seven: Conclusion--Cultivating a Membership Mentality
Once again, Joe, T.J., and Salome have written another great book! Their ability to address major issues in a practical manner is both refreshing and appreciated. As a superintendent, one of my responsibilities is to find and retain talented people in our district. This book provides great content and strategies that are applicable for all school leaders. Take the next step to improving your district and make Retention for a Change your next read.
Retention for a Change is the book that leaders have been waiting to read to find the recipe for changing their school cultures. Attracting talented staff is a challenge for many school and district leaders, but retaining and supporting those staff members is one of our biggest obstacles. In this book, the authors have given us the tools to inspire, motivate, and energize our teams to new levels of commitment and success. I am sure they will inspire you.
Building a strong team does not happen by accident. Amazing educators across the country pour their hearts and souls into helping their students each and every day. Retaining those amazing educators is important to our profession. As leaders, we need to make sure our teams feel valued. Talk to them, show them your appreciation and most of all, let them know you are there to support them every step of the way!
Retention for a Change is a practical guide to help school leaders with teachers who are either new to teaching or just new to the school. The book focuses on practitioners who use motivation, inspiration, and energy to build a culture in their schools that will retain novice teachers and new teachers to their buildings. Within the book, there are Technical Tips, Leadership Team Activities, and Guiding Questions for leaders to develop plans to transform their schools. It’s a dream!
Every good educational leader recognizes that a school is only as good as the teachers who work there. Building a Winning Team is indeed, mission critical. But as Jones, Vari, and Thomas-EL remind us, “sustaining a winning team” is essential for our schools to thrive. That’s why this new book is so important. These authors draw upon research, the wisdom of practitioners in the field, as well as their own experiences to provide “critical tips and tools" for building the type of culture that not just attracts talented educators, but keeps them. Retention for a Change is not only for administrators, though; it’s for any educator who wants to be part of the solution -- anyone who wants to contribute to school cultures that energize and inspire.