ERIC Number: ED440948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Teacher Recruitment, Preparation and Retention for Hard-to-Staff Schools.
This report presents information from a 1999 meeting on teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention in hard-to-staff schools. The meeting was attended by 27 education leaders from around the country. It sought to exchange information and ideas about the problems of securing teachers for hard-to-staff schools, determine the extent of consensus about the success or promise of various strategies and policies, and assess the need for further information, discussion, and cooperation. It also examined policy barriers faced by programs working to recruit and prepare teachers for hard-to-staff schools and working to make a case to policymakers that the issue of recruitment, preparation, and retention of teachers for these schools needs to be central on their agenda. This report defines the central problem, which is the insufficient supply of effective teachers for all students, including high-poverty and minority students. It notes collateral problems, such as lack of alignment in the system and unclear delineation of responsibility for ensuring teacher effectiveness. Four key questions that must be addressed by educators and policymakers are discussed, and key challenges to success are noted. The paper concludes with a discussion of general approaches for policymakers and next steps to take. (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Labor Turnover, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Poverty, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202; Tel: 303-299-3600.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: A Report of a Meeting Hosted by the Education Commission of the States in Cooperation with the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Written with the assistance of Robert Palaich and Catherine Anthes. (Chicago, IL, August 29-30, 1999).