Charter Schools Office screening documentary on teacher retention

Rajeshri Bhatia with the Charter Schools Office smiles for a photo.
Rajeshri Bhatia, deputy director for school performance at the Charter Schools Office, is a featured panelist for the documentary and will lead a discussion with audience members following the film’s presentation.
Image Credit: Kristina Bird

The Charter Schools Office will screen a documentary entitled “Teachers Who Aren’t Teaching: Who Are They and How Do We Get Them Back?” at 5:30 p.m. March 3 at Loosemore Auditorium in DeVos Center. 

The documentary, produced by Detroit Public Television, examines teachers’ reasons for leaving the profession and the incentives that could motivate their return to the classroom.

Rajeshri Bhatia, deputy director for school performance at the Charter Schools Office, is a featured panelist for the documentary and will lead a discussion with audience members following the film’s presentation.

“There’s this expectation that teachers are supposed to come in and give up themselves and not expect anything,” Bhatia said in the film. “These are professionals who are shaping our next generation.”

The idea for the documentary stemmed from a report by Regional Educational Laboratory Program Midwest, which studied teachers’ motivations and circumstances for leaving the profession and what it would take for them to return.

“We have to look at how to pay teachers more,” said Bhatia. “Not just to retain what we have, but I believe it will help attract new people to the field.”

For more information, visit the GVSU events page. To register for the event, complete the RSVP form on the Charter Schools Office website. The event is free and open to the public.