teacher retention

Statewide Mentor Program Summer Academy

Jun 6, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 2

The South Dakota Department of Education is hosting hundreds of teachers from around South Dakota for the Statewide Mentor Program Summer Academy. The event marks a "graduation" of sorts for the first cohort in a program aimed at improving the retention of teachers. SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited with some participants at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

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USD School of Education

Many school districts focus on recruiting the best teachers for their classrooms, and they struggle to bring in a diverse pool of candidates. Even when they’re successful, some can’t retain the teachers they’ve hired. Donald Easton-Brooks, the Dean of USD’s School of Education, says the challenge is about more than money. 

Before Donald Easton-Brooks pursued a career in education, he was a counselor at a residential treatment facility in Denver. He says something about the job didn’t feel right.