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Staying Power: Collective Possibilities to Improve Retention of Black Early Career Teachers

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This study examines professional characteristics and mobility trends of early-career Black teachers. Research suggests that working conditions impact teacher mobility decisions (Green & Munoz, 2016; Ladd, 2009). We integrate organizational theory and critical race theory to understand working conditions and its impact on mobility trends of early-career Black teachers. In a quantitative descriptive study, three waves of teacher data over five years are used from the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study (BTLS). Findings indicate four key discussion points: (a) early-career Black teachers matriculate using alternative certification pathways, (b) early-career Black teachers teach in diverse schools in suburban locales, (c) attrition is high for early-career Black teachers, and (d) administrative support is significant for early-career Black teachers. Collaborative recommendations are provided.