Why Teachers Stay? A Narrative Inquiry of the Lived Experiences of Black Teachers Who Decide to Remain in an Urban School District in Southern California

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Fall 2021


The purpose of this research study was to explore the lived experiences of Black teachers who were employed in an urban school district in Southern California. This study focused on teachers who made the decision to remain at their current school in their current teaching position. The findings from this research inquiry can provide district-level and campus-level leadership insight into the lived experiences of Black teachers and what dynamics contribute to their decisions to remain in their current positions within this school district. These personal stories can inform strategies to develop or improve targeted recruiting and retention efforts of Black teachers, generate professional development and continuing education opportunities, cultivate Black teacher resilience, and create sustainable career pathways. In an effort to capture the experiences and perceptions of Black teachers employed in an urban school district in Southern California, the narrative inquiry research method was utilized to elicit their stories.


Nathan R. Templeton

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision