International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

A Review of Teacher Mentoring Programs and the Impact on Teacher Retention

Dr. Jana Sparks


Retaining novice teachers in today’s K-12 classrooms has become a challenge for many school districts. There are several factors that contribute to beginning teachers leaving the teaching profession, however an effective mentoring program can provide the support and guidance novice teachers need. This literature review explores the effects of teacher mentoring programs and it identifies three common themes to develop and establish a successful mentoring program. This review suggests recommendations for decision makers to enhance the quality of such studies and maximize the finding to improve mentoring programs and increase teacher retention.