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North Dakota Teacher Retention Crisis
Tuesdays in March 2022

In January, North Dakota United released daunting results of a survey on educator retention. 74% of those surveyed believe teacher retention is a major issue for the coming school year.

In this special series from Main Street, we hear from teachers who have left the profession, those who remain in the classroom, and from those who shape public policy affecting what happens in schools across North Dakota.

This special Main Street series is presented by Tom Gerhardt, Public Affairs Director at North Dakota United.

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  • In our final installment of the series, former Democratic State Senator and former teacher Erin Oban shares insights from her years in the classroom and in the legislature.
  • In the fourth installment of the North Dakota Teacher Retention Crisis, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler discusses the challenges of keeping teachers in the state.
  • In the third installment in our series examining how to retain teachers in North Dakota, Tom Gerhardt interviews North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta.
  • Kristi Reinke is the 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year from Jim Hill Middle School in Minot. She talks to North Dakota United Public Affairs Director Tom Gerhardt about morale, the support teachers need, and what needs to happen to keep teachers teaching. Tom also visits with a former Fargo teacher who left the profession.
  • North Dakota United Public Affairs Director Tom Gerhardt interviews Kari Nehls, a former Bismarck teacher with 15 years of experience, on her emotional decision to leave the profession she loves.