Twelve percent of all U.S. public school educators are in their first or second year of teaching, and a large portion of new teachers leave their jobs within five years. With this in mind, Boston teacher Ali Stewart created the New Teachers Retreat to support educators in their first five years of teaching.
This year, 16 new teachers applied and were accepted to the retreat, which was funded by participant fees and held at Keene State College in New Hampshire. The participants earned continuing education units and graduate credits from instructional sessions covering common challenges, learned self-care practices and strategies for work-life balance, and bonded through extracurricular activities. They left with a strong support system and mentors they felt they could continue to reach out to after the retreat.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re always excited to see programs that support teachers and help them overcome obstacles. We hope the New Teachers Retreat continues to grow and set an example of the way we should treat educators.
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