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ERIC Number: ED406104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Recruitment and Retention Problems in Paradise? Lessons from the Northern Mariana Islands.
Rude, Harvey; And Others
This paper reports on a study that examined teacher recruitment and retention practices in the Northern Mariana Islands public school system. The study was conducted due to shortages of special education teachers and related services personnel. Based on a review of school district documents on recruitment and retention practices and interviews with the Commissioner of Education and other educational stakeholders, a survey instrument was developed for interviewing teachers and administrators responsible for K-12 education on three Northern Mariana islands. As a result of these interviews, 17 recommendations were proposed that relate to "intent to employ" or employment contracts; involvement of administrators responsible for hiring personnel; development of a structured interview process for teacher screening and selection; access of administrators to recruitment information; a standard employment contract of 190 days rather than a 12-month contract; written procedures describing the recruitment process; designating one person to be responsible for recruitment and retention activities; a consistent salary model across all instructional staff members; extension of the Teacher Corps concept to 9th- and 10th-grade students; a recruitment videotape to chronicle the area's environment, activities, and opportunities; a systematic, comprehensive, and coordinated program of staff development; a comprehensive program of induction for all professional staff members; a formative teacher evaluation program; a uniform salary model that is competitive for all teachers; retirement deadlines prohibiting mid-year retirements; outreach recruitment programs to the community, families, and other human service agencies; and efforts to insure the diversity of professional educators. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Northern Mariana Islands