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Panel: Teacher Retention in STEM Education

With a third of new teachers leaving after three years and almost half after five, the problem of teacher retention calls to mind the image of bailing out the lifeboat with a sieve. Join the New York Academy of Science and Demos for a panel discussion on issues and solutions surrounding teacher retention in the American classroom.

The recruitment of highly qualified teachers into the STEM teaching workforce has received a tremendous amount of attention in the past few years. And groups—from Teach for America to the New York City teaching fellows—have demonstrated that our nation’s very best students will become teachers.

But once teachers are in the classroom, they often face poor workplace conditions, lack of peer and leadership support, and pay that does not reflect their qualifications or amount of work. Without solving the retention crisis, does America have a chance to make a dent in the education crisis?

Panelists include Julia Rankin Morandi, The Science Collaborative, Inc; Michael Holmes, High School for American Studies at Lehman College; David M. Steiner, Klara & Larry Silverstein Dean, Hunter College School of Education; and Preeti Gupta, Director of Youth Learning and Research, American Museum of Natural History

Wine and cheese reception precedes the panel discussion.

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