Demoralized Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can Stay

Doris A. Santoro, Foreword by David C. Berliner
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-132-7
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cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-133-4
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Pub. Date: February 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-134-1

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Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can Stay offers a timely analysis of professional dissatisfaction that challenges the common explanation of burnout. Featuring the voices of educators, the book offers concrete lessons for practitioners, school leaders, and policy makers on how to think more strategically to retain experienced teachers and make a difference in the lives of students.


Teachers have a critical ally in Santoro, who argues that understanding demoralization is the first step to reclaiming the vitality of teaching. Today’s teachers are not burnt out; they are separated from their moral motivations—to the detriment of their students and the impoverishment of the profession. — Barbara S. Stengel, associate chair for teacher education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Doris Santoro has provided a timely and vital educational intervention. She demonstrates how today’s ‘accountability’ regime undermines the work of dedicated teachers and offers sensible strategies for reversing the damage. Demoralized is imaginatively framed, convincingly argued, and morally serious. I commend it to all who care about teaching and teachers. — David T. Hansen, Weinberg Professor in Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

The stories and resources in Demoralized will resonate with teachers as our profession remains under siege. The teachers featured in this book will inspire and empower readers. — José Vilson, teacher, blogger, and author of This Is Not a Test

Santoro’s model of leadership includes suggestions for the re-moralization of leaders, which can be an excellent source for professional learning among central-office staff and school-based leaders to create spaces for teachers to do good work. — Zach Kelehear, School Administrator

Santoro makes a major contribution to the field of education by detailing how teachers who were demoralized can stay in the classroom through re-moralization. — Kathryn Bateman, AJE Forum

As discussion grows around teacher attrition and burnout, Doris Santoro's 2018 book Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can Stay feels even more relevant than when it was published pre-pandemic…[It] offers detailed examples of ways teachers can turn things around (such as using their voice or finding a professional community) and ways leaders can support these teachers (such as listening and responding to moral concerns). While demoralization is serious, it's fixable. This book can help forge a new path. — Educational Leadership

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About the Author

Doris A. Santoro is an associate professor at Bowdoin College, where she serves as chair of the Education Department. She teaches courses in educational studies and teacher education. Her philosophical and qualitative research examines teachers’ moral concerns about their work and their moral arguments for resistance. She has taught high school English in Brooklyn and San Francisco, GED prep at an alternative to incarceration program in Manhattan, and worked as a bilingual literacy consultant in Jersey City.

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Author Interview with Sirius XM 143

Blog Post: "Demoralization Can’t Be Fixed Solely with Restorative Practices"

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