School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Attrition, Middle School, Retention, Rural
Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching
Goad, Meagan Marie, "Improving the Problem of Teacher Retention in a Rural Middle School in Southwestern Virginia" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2425.
The purpose of this applied study was to solve the problem of teacher retention for a rural middle school in Southwestern Virginia and to design training strategies to address the problem. A rural middle school in Southwestern Virginia is struggling to retain teachers. The research question for this study was: How can teacher retention at a rural middle school in Southwestern Virginia be improved. Interviews with former teachers of the rural middle school were conducted specifically to determine why these individuals left. Survey data was obtained to determine why teachers in this rural middle school choose to stay. Exit documentation from central office was compiled to get more insight as to why teachers chose to leave. Training strategies were developed in order to address the problem of teacher retention at a rural middle school in Southwestern Virginia based on the results of this study.