LA School Report: Fighting teacher burnout: Great Public Schools Now grants aim to retain effective educators
Feb. 17, 2017
When Hrag Hamalian opened Valor Academy Middle School in 2009, teacher retention was his foremost concern, so he decided to find out what educators desired in the workplace.
Now executive director of Bright Star Schools, which includes six other charter schools, Hamalian surveyed his highly effective teachers in search of the answer. He found that teachers wanted to be able to teach, but also to raise their own families and stay healthy.
The results of the survey became an application for a Great Public Schools Now grant, and Bright Star on Friday was awarded $250,000 that will go toward workplace enhancements, including four additional weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave, childcare subsidies for teachers, fitness classes on campuses, nutrition counseling and lactation pods, so teachers who return from maternity leave will have a private place to pump breastmilk at school.Read More