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How to Recruit and Retain Teachers and Other School Leaders in Hard-to-Staff Rural and Small School Districts

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Authors:   Charles Ahearn, Hobart Harmon, John R. Sanders

Recruiting and retaining teachers and other personnel continues to be one of the most critical issues in small and rural school districts, and the need for teachers in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly as large numbers of teachers retire, many taking advantage of early retirement incentives. How to Recruit and Retain Teachers and Other School Leaders in Hard-to-Staff Rural and Small School Districts was developed to address such issues. In the development of this toolkit, SERVE staff relied heavily on the expertise and experience of SERVE's network of superintendents and nationally recognized experts in rural education. With them we selected the topics and developed the tools in this systematic approach to the recruitment, selection, appointment, socialization, management, and retention of teachers and other leaders.

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Product Specifics

Publisher: SERVE Center at UNCG
Number of pages: 50
Price: $0.00

Audience:

school administrators, district administrators

Key Ideas:

  • Recruiting and retaining teachers and other personnel continues to be one of the most critical issues in rural schools.
  • This toolkit addresses several issues identified by rural school superintendents such as:
    • how to best sell rural schools
    • how to conduct better applicant interviews
    • how to objectively know why personnel are leaving

Ways to use:

  • The tool kit is designed to enable small and rural school districts to address the following recruitment and retention strategies:
    • Developing a recruitment brochure
    • Assessing community resources
    • Initiating an applicant portfolio review process
    • Structuring applicant interviews
    • Ensuring personnel retention
    • Developing a personnel exit interview/survey

Resources:

For addition resources, visit our Teacher Quality section.

APA Citation:

Ahearn, C., Harmon, H., Sanders., J. (2005). How to recruit and retain teachers and other school leaders in hard-to-staff rural and small school districts. Greensboro, NC: Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.

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