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Presentation for Faculty

Teaching: The Best Kept Secret!

Audience/setting: Math and science faculty, admissions, career services, advising staff. Appropriate for either a virtual or face-to-face setting

Time: 15–90 minutes

Synopsis: This resource includes highly interactive presentation materials (PowerPoint slides and handouts) designed to facilitate discussion with a group of faculty/staff who may talk with students about teaching as a career.

Toolkit materials

Use these materials in the context of a faculty meeting, staff meeting, or with teachers to get the facts out about grade 7-12 teaching and to encourage department members, teachers, recruiters, and advisors to speak positively and accurately about the teaching profession with students.

Teaching: The best kept Secret! - 50 minutes

Customizable PowerPoint Interactive Presentation

(2.77 MB)

Teaching: The best kept secret! - 15 minutes

Customizable ppt Interactive Presentation, 15 minutes is effective but not as effective as 50 minute version

(2.53 MB)

Teacher salaries

Editable Microsoft Word

(104.07 KB)

Teacher salaries

PDF file

(235.12 KB)

Salary by major

PDF file

(547.18 KB)

Loan forgiveness and retirement

Editable Microsoft Word

(116.83 KB)

Loan forgiveness and retirement

PDF file

(316.12 KB)


PDF file

(222.60 KB)

Presentation Reflection Form

PDF form that can be saved for your records and/or submitted to GFO

(1.34 MB)

Editing a PowerPoint presentation

Use these materials to facilitate discussion among faculty and staff who may talk with students about teaching as a career.


Steps to doing a presentation Checklist

  1. Pre-register your presentation with us to receive:
    • Survey data on your presentation (results on pre/post survey, plus participant feedback).
    • Tips and support on running your workshop, if desired.
  2. Find local teacher salary data (or request below) and modify the presentation 
  3. Look through the presentation. There are notes under each slide with explanations and suggestions.
  4. Log your activities if you have not already done so
  5. Go Get the Facts Out!

To request that the GFO team mine data for your local, first please register as a GFO Champion, then fill out the following: 

Teacher Salary Data Request

Key Features of an Effective Interactive Presentation 

Workshop type 1: Improving perceptions


  • Local audience: 40-75 minutes
  • National audience: 60-90 minutes

What are the intended outcomes of this workshop?

  • The audience will have positive attitudes toward teaching as a profession.
  • The audience will engage in ideas about teaching as a profession after the workshop (e.g., by reflecting, sharing, engaging in conversation).

What should a workshop look like?

  • The key message of Get the Facts Out is emphasized: Teachers in the U.S. rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.
  • Time is provided for the active processing of data about teaching as a profession before and during the discussion. 
  • Time is provided for peer discussion.
  • Participants are provided with an opportunity to review locally-relevant data about teaching as a profession:
    • For local audiences: Information on teacher salaries and retirement have been updated with local data.
    • For national audiences: Time is provided for the audience to identify local data.

What should you do as a presenter?

  • Share the positive aspects of teaching as a profession that are supported by data.
  • Avoid voicing misperceptions about teaching as a profession.
  • If participants express misperceptions about teaching as a profession, provide fact-based corrections.
  • Avoid providing airtime for anecdotal aspects of teaching as a profession (which are often negative and not supported by data). 
  • Facilitate participant discussion.