ERIC Number: ED254377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Teachers: Finding and Keeping the Best in Small and Rural Districts. AASA Small School Series #2.
Miller, James, Jr.; Sidebottom, Dennis
Written to shed light on the unique recruitment and retention problems faced by rural and small school districts, this booklet also presents strategies to address these problems. Among problems noted in the opening overview are that recruiting and retaining good teachers in rural and small schools is complicated by inadequate pay which does not compensate educators for isolation, easily discouraged educators who haven't been prepared for rural living and teaching become easily discouraged; that there is a negative rural stereotype; and that there are too few good educators in the hiring pool overall. The chapter on research findings acknowledges that data collection efforts in rural education are recent, but that existing data do show that distinct differences between rural and nonrural schools affect a district's ability to attract and retain teachers. Two chapters consider recruitment and urge that recruiters be well-prepared, represent the community as well as the school, and stress the positive aspects of small communities. Suggestions cover how to publicize vacancies, where to look for potential teachers, and what kinds of incentives have been successful. A final chapter on retaining staff provides suggested activities for helping staff acclimate themselves and grow professionally, cites understandings teachers need to cope with rural life, and describes the Rural Job Referral Service. A bibliography, author page, and acknowledgements conclude the booklet. (BRR)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Labor Turnover, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, School District Size, Small Schools, Staff Development, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Conditions
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 021-00144, $4.50 ea., 2-9 copies 10% discount).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.