Pay for Mobile PCs in Schools with Teacher Turnover Costs

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The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) released a report The Cost of Teacher Turnover in Five School Districts: A Pilot Study, that means teachers who quit teaching.

“Most districts have huge collections of data on the cost elements associated with teacher turnover, but the(se) current data systems stand in the way of accurate and timely analysis. Coherent data systems should be created to house cost data in a way that is easily accessible and analyzable. Teacher turnover data should be added to current systems and should be included in the design of new systems. With easily accessible data, districts could begin to analyze and manage teacher turnover and its costs.”

Use NCTAF’s teacher turnover calculator to estimate what your school might pay for losing teachers.

With these estimates, consider ways to recommend that your local board of education transfer at least part of those funds to equipment and software purchase, leases, and maintenance of Tablet PCs, UMPCs, and other state-of-the-art mobile PCs to supplement incumbent teachers’ practices to increase student learning.

Yes, there’s usually money available for learning IT, it takes a different view of how to free up those funds.

Kudos, Gary Barnes, and colleagues for your report. We look forward to following the full study.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.