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Lecture: 'What Disney Has Taught Us About Retaining Teachers in Low-Income Schools'

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Whitney Harris, director of secondary English language arts at the newly-founded Arkansas Academy of Education Equity will be the November speaker in the Education Lecture Series. Her talk is, “What Disney has taught us about retaining teachers in low-income schools.”

The lecture will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Boileau Hall. Lunch will follow the lecture. RSVPs are encouraged by Thursday, Nov. 8 and are available here.

Harris specializes in school leadership, secondary English education, print and media journalism and layout and design. As an educator, she aims to inspire students to become independent thinkers, engaged learners, and effective communicators through opportunities that promote critical thinking, self-reliance, and self-expression. In 2017, Harris was selected to receive the prestigious Ryan Fellowship, which identifies and develops transformational school principals with expertise in accelerating student achievement.

Her talk will focus on the persistent challenge of retaining teachers in low-income schools. This reality continues to lead to underperforming schools, substitute teacher filled classrooms, and declining student enrollment. Many studies have discussed the varied causes of why teachers leave the classroom, with few sharing how to stop teacher turnover from happening. During this interactive discussion, Harris and attendees will discuss TNTP’s (The New Teacher Project) theory of how to retain teachers in our most challenging schools and how their theory fits into Disney’s framework for success.

Those attending the talk are encouraged to review “Fixing the Right Retention Crisis.”

The talk is co-sponsored by the School of Education and Office of the Vice President for Research.