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ERIC Number: ED455081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-2
Pages: 17
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Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Rural Areas.
Harmon, Hobart L.
Although the problem varies across the United States, overall there is a shortage of rural teachers, especially in the subject areas of math, science, and special education. Recruiting teachers for rural settings requires targeting persons with rural backgrounds, attacking the negative stereotypes surrounding rural schools, and stressing the benefits of teaching in rural schools. Institutions of higher education could help recruit teachers for rural areas by encouraging students to visit rural districts, posting job openings, selling the positive aspects of rural teaching, inviting rural educators to be guest lecturers, providing rural internships, increasing interaction with rural personnel directors, preparing for teaching in multiple subject areas, sponsoring recruiting fairs, offering masters degree programs through summer school, and preparing teachers to direct extracurricular activities. Retaining rural teachers requires the coordinated effort of the school and the community. The community can recognize new teachers' accomplishments and invite them to local activities. The school can ease the transition of new teachers by assigning mentors, providing administrative contact and support, providing frequent inservice programs, providing release time for inservice and professional development activities, streamlining paperwork, offering orientation programs, locating adequate housing, providing merit increases for exceptional performance, and establishing the support of the school board. (Contains 29 references and 3 tables.) (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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