Ten years ago, the Bureau of National Affairs reported that the annual attrition among United States teachers was 20 to 40 percent higher than national rates of employee turnover for all occupations. Annual teacher attrition has increased by almost 50 percent since that time! Additionally, attrition is particularly high among our newest teachers. An analysis of nationwide data collected by both the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Metlife Survey of American Teachers concluded that 40 to 50 percent of all beginning teachers will leave the profession within the first five years, if they are not supported professionally.
Recognizing the magnitude of this nationwide crisis, The Beginning Teacher Center of Teachers21 and Simmons College, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future have collaborated in organizing a national conference on teacher induction, Growing the Future: Meeting the National Challenge to Recruit, Develop, and Retain New Teachers, to be held in Boston from March 25 - 27, 2007 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.
Comprehensive induction is the responsibility of the whole community and based on this belief, our conference is designed to attract and address school-based, district-based, and community-based stakeholders in education. Our goal is to engage participants in an interactive, collaborative, and practical conference that both develops a strong knowledge-base in comprehensive induction and offers practical suggestions to approach the supporting new teachers in the most positive way.