ERIC Number: ED215807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-3
Reference Count: 0
Excellence through Creative Recruitment and Retention of Staff for Rural and Small Schools.
Horn, Jerry G.
There is not any one thing or any one group that can solve all the problems involved in staffing rural and small schools. It is quite common to find a bimodel distribution of teaching faculty in rural and small schools--those with less than 3 years and those with more than 10 years of experience. It could be inferred that either recruitment strategies and hiring criteria are inappropriate, or there are factors that cause a sizable group to leave teaching in that district in the early years of their career. While the problems are not unique to rural schools, even one unfilled position in a rural school has a rather dramatic effect on the educational program and young people in that school. There are many intervening factors and little research in the area. These suggestions could help: a national and state priority for development of qualified teachers for all schools should be established; teacher training institutions should establish identifiable programs for rural teaching; the profession should accept its responsibility for providing services to students regardless of their location; networks of persons in all job categories should be developed to reduce the feeling of professional isolation among rural and small school teachers. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Excellence (Quality); Isolation (Professional)
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Seminar, "Ensuring Excellence in Education for Rural America" (Washington, DC, May 3-5, 1982).