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The Relationship Between Professional Development and Teacher Retention: A Mixed Methods Study

The problem of high teacher turnover, especially for students attending schools in low-income, high-minority neighborhoods, has been well documented. The problem is particularly severe in math and science, where teachers qualified in these disciplines are in increasingly short supply statewide. A new study initiated at Cal State East Bay has found that providing middle school science teachers with professional development can have a significant effect on teacher retention, even in challenging settings. While teachers with no professional development showed only a 60% chance of retention on average, teachers provided with over 20 hours showed an 85% chance of staying with their students. The