ERIC Number: ED316356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural School Districts.
EDissues, v2 n1 Aug 1988
This newsletter reports research findings from 31 rural New York school districts on teacher recruitment and retention. Of 31 superintendents interviewed in September 1987, 55% reported rising elementary enrollment; 61% had difficulty filling positions; 84% had too few applicants; and 68% reported a scarcity of appropriately certified applicants. Almost half reported particular difficulties in the areas of special education and foreign languages. Important characteristics of teacher candidates included certification (preferably multiple certification), overall quality and experience, and comfortable "fit" with the rural environment. Over half the superintendents said that unavailability of teachers had affected instructional quality in their districts. Of 63 teachers identified by their superintendents as "successful" long-term teachers, over half had chosen their current jobs because they grew up or had family in the area, thought the area was good for raising a family, or liked the general friendliness of small schools. These factors were also important in teacher retention, along with few discipline problems, administrative supportiveness, and faculty collegiality. Strategies for teacher recruitment in rural districts must recognize teachers who will be satisfied and effective in rural schools, and must raise the visibility of rural schools and attack the negative stereotype surrounding them. Suggestions for action at state, regional, and local levels and in colleges of education are noted. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York