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There Has to Be a Better Way: Lessons from Former Urban Teachers
by Lynnette Mawhinney and Carol R. Rinke
foreword by Christopher Day
Rutgers University Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8135-9527-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-9528-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9530-6
Library of Congress Classification LC5131.M355 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 370.91732

Winner of the 2020 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award​

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. Complete with suggested readings and discussion questions, this book serves as an indispensable resource in understanding and building an effective and productive educational workforce for our nation’s students. 

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