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Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Department or Program Affiliation

Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education


Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching

First Advisor

Robertson, Wayne Thomas

Second Advisor

Larsen, Donald

Third Advisor

Ament, Thu H.

Fourth Advisor

Pecchia, Vincent J.


Every year, districts welcome new teachers to a school community and prepare them for the new school year. Establishing and maintaining a strong school culture is an important and vital part of a teacher's job. Part of this preparation entails hiring, training, and retaining the best teachers to establish a framework for ensuring that new teachers hit the ground running from the first day of school (Howard, 2019). This qualitative research case study focused on the onboarding and retention mentorship program for new teachers in two school districts in Washington State. This case study focused on two districts’ onboarding and retention programs, their structure, and effectiveness. The case study included two specific educator groups from Sumner/Bonney Lake and Puyallup School Districts in Washington State. For this case study, I used Qualtrics, an online survey program, to collect participant feedback. The survey collected responses from 21 participants, 11 belonged to the district group, whereas the remaining 10 were teachers. The following six themes were central to district and teachers' onboarding and training experiences, as described by district-level personnel and early-career teacher participants: district onboarding support, district training opportunities, effective teacher onboarding, teacher barriers to effective training, teacher support systems, and training recommendations. The findings of this case study have implications for new teachers and district employees who are part of the onboarding and retention of new teachers.




Teacher attrition, Onboarding Program, Effective Mentoring, Induction and Retention, and Job Alike Support


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Teacher turnover--Washington (State); Mentoring in education--Washington (State); COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020---Washington (State); School districts--Washington (State)

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)




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