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Retaining Teachers: Fostering Conditions Where Talent Thrives

November 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Please join Education Evolving and the University of St. Thomas School of Education for a conversation on what we can do in Minnesota to not only keep teachers in the classroom, but also create the conditions that enable them to thrive.

Dr. Richard Ingersoll from the University of Pennsylvania will present his research on why teachers leave the profession at such alarming rates—and what keeps some teachers in the classroom.

We will also hear from a panel of local teachers and administrators working to build the conditions that help teachers thrive, moderated by Dr. Kathlene Campbell, Dean of the St. Thomas School of Education, and featuring: Dr. Latanya Daniels, principal at Richfield High School; Vanessa McDuffie, resident at Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency; Nafeesah Muhammed, teacher at Community Connected Academy at Patrick Henry High School; Krissy Wright, advisor at Jennings Community School; and Bao Vang, principal at Community of Peace Academy.

We are grateful to the McKnight Foundation for their generous financial support for this event.


  • 4:00-4:30: Reception and networking
  • 4:30-5:00: Introduction and talk from Dr. Ingersoll
  • 5:00-5:30: Educator panel
  • 5:30-6:00: Q&A and next steps

About Dr. Ingersoll:

Dr. Ingersoll’s research is concerned with the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees, and teaching as a job. He has published over 100 articles, reports, chapters, and essays on topics such as: the management and organization of schools; accountability and control in schools; teacher supply, demand, shortages, and turnover; induction and mentoring for beginning teachers; teacher preparation and teacher quality; the problem of under-qualified teachers; the status of teaching as a profession; and changes in the demographic character of the teaching force.

After teaching in both public and private schools for a number of years, Dr. Ingersoll obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. From 1995 to 2000 he was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of Georgia. Currently he is the Board of Overseers Professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.


Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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