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Teacher Effectiveness, Retention, and Coaching: Indicators of Successful Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Oklahoma Rural Schools

Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:05 p.m. Eastern Time

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

This session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting presents the findings of a REL Southwest study that examined factors associated with successful teacher recruitment and retention in Oklahoma rural school districts. The purpose of the study was to highlight potential strategies to address Oklahoma’s teaching shortage. The study was designed to identify teacher-level, district-level, and community characteristics that predict which teachers are most likely to be successfully recruited and retained. A key finding is that for teachers in rural schools, total compensation and increased responsibilities in job assignment are positively associated with successful recruitment and retention. Evidence provided by this study can be used to inform incentive schemes to help retain certain groups of teachers and increase retention rates overall.

Partnership: Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance (2012–17)



Denis Newman, Ph.D., REL Southwest, Empirical Education