The profession that eats its young: The effect of principal leadership on the survival rate of teachers


  • Carolyn L. Carlson Assistant Professor Washburn University Department of Education Topeka, Kansas



principal leadership, teacher retention, education, teacher satisfaction, teacher turnover


Each year, 450,000 teachers leave their teaching positions. One of the main factors contributing to this turnover is the lack of support by the administration. Teachers in school environments that fail to foster a sense of support and collaboration are more likely to leave their positions than those teachers in more positive environments. This study sought to examine the impact of the leadership of the principal on teacher retention by analyzing data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ School and Staffing Survey and the Teacher Follow-Up Survey. Results indicate the impact of principal leadership in a teacher’s decision to remain in a teaching position as well as a significant number of teachers who do not feel an overall sense of job satisfaction





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