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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Teaching is an incredibly challenging profession and the need for qualified, effective, and passionate teachers continues to increase. This is true even in years of economic downturn, when the role of a teacher becomes even more pivotal in providing knowledge and training to the next generation of the American workforce. However, while there is no question that the charge of educators is vital, research shows us that many of our novice teachers choose to exit the field while still in the early stages of their careers. At one time, many teachers spent 30 or more years in the classroom; this is a trend which is seemingly becoming more of the exception than the norm. “A teaching career in the United States is now down to eleven years,” (Haberman, 2005, p. 336).

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