Proceedings of The 5th World Conference on Teaching and Education
Resilience in Isolation: Experiences of New Teachers during COVID-19 in a Northern California School District
This qualitative study examined teachers, schools, and district approaches to new teacher retention with a COVID-19 spin. In the changing world of a global pandemic and shifting teaching modalities, including distance or hybrid learning environments, teachers reflected on their experiences of adaptation. Interviews with teachers in their first three years in the profession were conducted to share the stories of new teachers amid COVID-19. New teachers were recruited through a snowball sampling technique from a large school district in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. To answer the research questions, participants were interviewed about the presence or absence of school and district-level new teacher supports, including improved working conditions, positive school climate, supportive school administrators, induction and mentoring programs, and PD was described alongside teachers’ self-reports of plans for retention or attrition.
keywords: COVID, new teacher retention, school leadership, emergency remote teaching