A collaborative effort between UMKC and KCMSD provides 14 mentors to over 170 new and second year teachers in the KCMSD.  Building a strong support system just may be what keeps these new teachers in the classroom.  Statistics show that over half of new teachers nationwide leave the profession within five years.  Even though research connecting mentoring to reduced attrition is inconclusive, KCMSD appears committed to lending its new teachers a hand.   The Kansas City Star notes that KCMSD has committed $1.6 million to the effort so far.

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