“Teachers are the number one in-school influence on student achievement. Research finds that high rates of turnover harm student achievement. In high-turnover schools, the inexperienced and underqualified teachers often hired to fill empty spots also have a negative impact on student learning. Financially, the report estimates that each teacher who leaves, on average, can cost as much as $20,000 in an urban district.” LPI Teacher Turn Over: Why it Matters and What We Can Do About It, 2017.


  • MTI-CENTRS believes that teachers matter, therefore teacher retention matters. At MTI, we recognize our pivotal role as a support for our members as employees, as well as professionals. The project offers ongoing support for members and attempts to increase teacher retention by addressing teacher satisfaction, efficacy, and success. MTI CENTRS is funded through an NEA Great Public Schools Grant. In its first three years, MTI CENTRS supported over 750 participants.

What are the goals of MTI CENTRS?

By focusing on induction and support systems, it is predicted that more teachers will experience success and stay in the profession.

  • Developing teacher-centered induction programs – MTI CENTRS offers a series of professional development opportunities to strengthen teachers’ abilities to deliver instruction through a racially equitable lens. The MTI CENTRS Solidarity for Social and Racial Justice Series.
  • In 2020-21, MTI is launching the MTI CENTRS’ Black Lives Matter Year of Action Series. Each month we will support both learning and curricular planning opportunities centering the 13 principles of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
To learn more:

Read MTI-CENTRS summary

For more information, please contact Natasha Sullivan at nsullivan@madisonteachers.org.

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