• TAP: Teacher Adoption Program

  •  Goal of TAP: To provide MISD teachers with a voluntary community of tangible support, care, and encouragement

    Why would a program like this help?

    Teacher attrition rate is on the rise: 
    “Levels of attrition are estimated to be nearly 8% of the workforce annually and are responsible for the largest share of annual demand (of teachers). The teaching workforce continues to be a leaky bucket, losing hundreds of thousands of teachers each year—the majority of them before retirement age. Changing attrition would change the projected shortages more than any other single factor.” [Learning Policy Institute]

    High teacher attrition rate is tied to a decline in education quality:

    “The cost of attrition to student learning and district budgets is significant. Teachers are the number one in-school influence on student achievement. Research finds that high rates of turnover harm student achievement.” [Learning Policy Institute]

    Teachers' responses* to “What are your greatest challenges as an MISD teacher?”:

    Top answer: New to Midland/Loneliness
    2) Lack of teaching resources
    3) Lack of respect/community support
    *In a survey of 935 Midland ISD teachers

    How does TAP work?

    • An individual, small group, or family volunteers to “adopt” a teacher for the 2018/2019 school year. Background checks required.
    • Both teacher and volunteer/s commit to a monthly face-to-face meal/coffee.
    • Volunteer/s agree to tangibly and regularly connect with teacher via encouraging letters, care package, meal, etc.


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