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It shouldn’t be news by now that South Carolina is not alone in struggling with retention. High rates of teacher attrition and a shortage of new teachers across the United States spell out a crisis for many of our nation’s schools (Sutcher, Darling-Hammond, & Carver-Thomas, 2016). Multiple studies show that a teacher’s level of experience is a leading indicator of students’ academic achievement (Ladd & Sorenson, 2017; Harris & Sass, 2011). So how do school leaders help new teachers develop into experienced educators who want to stay in the classroom?

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