ERIC Number: ED484967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Rural Teacher Recruitment and Retention Review of the Research and Practice Literature
McClure, Carla; Reeves, Cynthia
This report constitutes the first part of the project undertaken by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and AEL, to investigate strategies for the recruitment and retention of teachers in rural schools. The "highly qualified teacher" requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has spotlighted the urgency and importance of recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers. Rural schools and districts are at a disadvantage in recruiting teachers due to: (1) lower pay; (2) geographic and social isolation; (3) difficult working conditions, such as having to teach classes in multiple subject areas; and (4) scarcity of professional development opportunities. The literature indicates that effective rural recruitment and retention practices share four characteristics: They are: (1) strategic;(2) specific to the schools or subject areas that are hard to staff; (3) sustained; and (4) rooted in the community. Thirteen specific strategies are suggested.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.