ERIC Number: ED328383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Rural Schools. Far West Laboratory Knowledge Brief. Number Four.
Rural schools are having difficulty recruiting and retaining teachers. The national teacher turnover rate is 6% annually, but in rural areas reaches 30% to 50%. Rural teachers often leave due to social, cultural, geographic, and professional isolation. They are often unprepared for rural realities that demand knowledge in multiple subjects and know-how, in conducting a range of school activities. Few universities offer preservice programs that prepare teachers for rural jobs. Recruiting teachers for rural settings requires effective recruitment strategies targeting persons with a rural background. Realistic marketing is the key in this effort, and it would stress the real benefit in teaching in rural schools, such as few discipline problems, less red tape, more personal contact, and greater chance for leadership. Retaining rural teachers requires the coordinated effort of the school and the community. The community can recognize the new teachers' accomplishments and invite them to participate in various activities. The school can ease the new teachers' transition by: (1) assigning a mentor; (2) streamlining paperwork; (3) providing a well-planned inservice program; and (4) arranging released time for visiting other teachers' classrooms. Universities need to prepare teachers for service in rural areas and need to develop cost-effective distance learning courses to keep rural teachers current and up to date. This paper includes 18 references. (ALL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.