The RETAIN Center of Excellence Focuses on Teacher Retention

RETAIN seeks to increase teacher retention in South Carolina by providing quality professional development, mentoring, and support for teachers in their first three years. The center, located at Newberry College, is funded through a grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. RETAIN is passionate about supporting new teachers. We are making a difference in our partner schools and in schools all over South Carolina.

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Our District is fortunate to have such a great relationship with Newberry College. Our partnership with RETAIN is one of the highlights of this relationship. We have worked together to increase teacher retention in our high needs schools. We have accomplished this through high quality professional development, innovative strategies and practices, and action research. In addition, the established RETAIN Mentoring program has proved beneficial for our teachers and ultimately our students.

Pamela Arrington
Executive Director of Human Resources
School District of Newberry County

Participating in the GROW Symposium at Newberry College allowed me to join with teachers in sharing success, learning from challenges, and inspiring each other to reach new heights in our classrooms. Because of the GROW Symposium, I will undoubtedly be a better teacher and, most importantly, my students will reap the benefits.

Jeremy Rinder
2013 Teacher of the Year
Barnwell Elementary School

We appreciate the impact that the RETAIN Center has had on our school through the training and support provided to our mentors. They are doing an outstanding job in providing effective mentorship to our novice teachers through their first few years of practice. Thank you for your continued support in the area of training and professional development.

Justin Nutter
Sandhills Middle School

It was such a pleasure to attend and be part of the GROW Symposium hosted by RETAIN. The opportunity to witness teachers teaching teachers and dialogue with future leaders of the classroom was refreshing to me as a veteran. Thanks RETAIN and Dr. Waller for your leadership and support.

Dr. Tom Siler