It is widely recognized that the education profession has experienced an increased demand in the rapid push to prepare students for the 21stcentury. Although every child has the right to a high quality education, it is not certain that every student will be taught by a teacher that possesses the ambition, goals, and accountability to be an effective educator. Even more of a concern is the growing body of evidence that, given a variety of factors such as an aging teacher workforce and the increase in student enrollment numbers, it is projected that the number of public school teachers will increase to an average of over 300K per year (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011). In the field of agricultural education alone, there has been over a 20% decline in the number of newly qualified agricultural educators produced in addition to numerous agricultural teaching positions nationwide that will not operate due to the lack of a qualified teacher (Kantorvich, 2010). For these and other reasons, teacher retention has become an important agenda item for many school leaders.
Rice, J. E., LaVergne, D. D., & Gartin, S. A. (2011). Agricultural Teacher Perceptions of School Components as Motivational Factors to Continue Teaching and Demotivational Factors to Discontinue Teaching. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.21061/jcte.v26i2.529