New Orleans has 3,200 public school teachers.
The Majority of the classroom workforce in New Orleans are teachers of color.
The number of years of teaching experience that New Orleans public school teachers have varies.
Last year over 900 of the city’s 3,200 teachers – 29% of our teaching force – left teaching in our city’s public schools.
Source: Louisiana Department of Education.
Data reflects teachers in 2016-17 who did not return to a teaching position in any New Orleans public school in 2017-18.
Who is leaving?
DNR: Did not return
The racial breakdown of teachers who left was in line with the racial breakdown of the New Orleans teaching population. For example, half of New Orleans teachers in 2016-17 were Black and nearly half of the teachers who left the following year were Black.
The gender breakdown of teachers who left the classroom was the same as the gender breakdown of the teaching population.
The experience breakdown of teachers who left the classroom was similar to the experience breakdown of the teaching population. Teachers with 0-5 years of teaching were slightly more likely to leave the classroom.
Source: Louisiana Department of Education
NSNO has an integrated plan to support our public school teachers.
- We will protect and grow our teacher pipelines.
- We will brand and market our city in order to attract experienced teachers to New Orleans.
- We will lower our teacher attrition by improving teacher satisfaction.
Recruitment Plan for 2019-2020:
- Recruit 265+ new teachers through the federal SEED grant. This grant includes Xavier University, Teach For America, Loyola University, Relay, and teachNOLA.
- Recruit 100+ experienced teachers through Teach New Orleans. Candidates who come through this central website have an average of 5 years of experience.
- Build university partnerships with New Orleans Public Schools– headlined by the University of New Orleans – and bring in 50+ new teachers.
- Secure funding via System Wide Need Program to protect and grow our new to teaching pipeline.
Retention Plan for 2019-2020
By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, our schools will retain an addition 175 teachers which
would cut our citywide attrition by 5 percentage points.
- Meet with schools leaders and discuss individualized data that details why teachers are leaving and key strategies and supports that school leaders can leverage.
- TNTP Insight survey that gives school leaders valuable teacher feedback
- A playbook for single sites on best talent practices
- A monthly convening for CMO talent leads on best practices
- A resource library of best-in-class talent systems for schools 1:1 consulting support for 8 operators on implementing strategic talent systems.
- Professional development for school leaders on building strong staff relationships where teachers feel valued heard.
- Find local solution for higher teacher pay.
NSNO is committed to helping schools improve teacher retention. We would love to hear from you and assist with creatng a personalized plan to increase teacher retention at your school.
Please reach out so we can get started.