The majority of teachers who leave this profession do so in their first five years. Additionally, the majority of teachers who stay longer profess a great degree of satisfaction with their careers— much to the benefit of the students and the community.
The experiences of the first few years of teaching are notoriously difficult, and one could even say traumatic in some cases. Many districts don’t have terrific on-boarding processes and mechanisms to support and encourage those new teachers who are, by far, experiencing the greatest stresses with the least ability to cope. These communities then have high turnover resulting in poor student outcomes.
The New Teachers Retreat provides a solution to some of these persistent problems.
If you’re a new teacher, attending the retreat allows you to surround yourself with your peers and some people who have traveled this path before you. Knowing you’re not alone and people just like you have succeeded before will lend you some strength to carry on. You will take a network of peers, mentors, and resources with you that will prove invaluable as you continue on in your career.
We are also offering Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) through Keene State College for professional development credit for both leaders and participants.