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Job Satisfaction & Teacher Retention in Public Montessori Classrooms

Friday, March 05 | 06:15 PM - 07:00 PM

Session 3: Workshops
  • Public Schools
  • Workshop
  • Administrator
  • General Interest
  • Public Schools

This session will present recent research findings that highlight high satisfaction and retention rates in a Montessori teacher sample. Discussion topics will include factors that influence teacher satisfaction and the importance of studying whether certain contexts or models, such as Montessori, create conditions that support satisfaction. You will leave armed with solid knowledge about Montessori job satisfaction and retention along with a survey instrument that you can use locally to collect data on the topic.

Presented by:
Brooke Culclasure, Ginny Riga, EdD

Brooke Culclasure, PhD, MA, is research director and a lecturer at the Riley Institute at Furman University, in Greenville, SC, where she is the principal investigator of studies related to Montessori education, New Tech Network, and project-based learning. She is the recipient of the AMS Spring 2019 Research Mini-Grant, an editorial board member for the Journal of Montessori Research, co-investigator for the United Way of Greenville County’s OnTrack Greenville initiative, and former co-chair of the AMS Research Committee.

Ginny Riga, EdD, is a research consultant at Furman University in Greenville, SC; her focus is teacher retention and satisfaction. She is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors, and has worked in public Montessori education at the school, district, and state levels.