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.