ERIC Number: ED499285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Recruiting Teachers for Hard-to-Staff Schools: Solutions for North Carolina & the Nation. Policy Brief
Southeast Center for Teaching Quality
For many "hard-to-staff" schools, the negative consequences of teacher shortages are compounded by characteristics that make these schools less attractive to teachers. Most often located in troubled inner cities or isolated rural areas, these schools are frequently plagued by high poverty in the community, higher teacher turnover rates, insufficient physical resources, and low performance on state accountability measures. As reports of teacher recruitment difficulties increase, North Carolina policymakers face a dilemma. Some argue growing teacher shortages mandate a lowering of standards for entry into the teaching profession, yet North Carolina also expects every student to meet challenging standards of academic achievement. To help ensure that every hard-to-staff school enjoys high-quality teachers with the skills, knowledge and commitment to raise the achievement of all students, this policy brief presents several recommendations for North Carolina leaders. It also presents two case studies to illustrate the complexity of teacher recruitment and the intricate policy development needed to insure that these schools will have teachers who can help all students rise to the challenge of state standards. (Contains 17 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Persistence, State Standards, Teacher Shortage, Case Studies, Rural Areas, Faculty Mobility, Accountability, Teacher Recruitment, Educational Policy, Urban Areas, Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership Effectiveness
Southeast Center for Teaching Quality. 976 Airport Road Suite 250, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel: 919-951-0200; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.teachingquality.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Inst. on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking, and Management (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Center for Teaching Quality, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina