THE NEWEST BOOK FROM
THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY: LESSONS FROM FORMER URBAN TEACHERS
Teacher attrition has long been a significant challenge within the field of education. It is a commonly-cited statistic that almost fifty percent of beginning teachers leave the field within their first five years, to the detriment of schools, students, and their own career development. There Has to be a Better Way offers an essential voice in understanding the dynamics of teacher attrition from the perspective of the teachers themselves. Drawing upon in-depth qualitative research with former teachers from urban schools in multiple regions of the United States, Lynnette Mawhinney and Carol R. Rinke identify several themes that uncover the rarely-spoken reasons why teachers so often willingly leave the classroom. The authors go further to provide concrete recommendations for how school administrators can better support their practicing teachers, as well as how teacher educators might enhance preparation for the next generation of educators.
"Mawhinney and Rinke's focus on teachers who have voluntarily left classroom teaching prior to retirement is unique. This well-crafted study fills a void in the current literature."
Tachelle Banks, coeditor of Teaching Students Who are Disturbed and Disturbing: An Integrative Approach
TEACHER EDUCATION ACROSS MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS: PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE