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ERIC Number: ED535206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
How Do Charter Schools Get the Teachers They Want? Issue Brief
Gross, Betheny; DeArmond, Michael
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Like all school leaders, charter school leaders want to hire talented and passionate teachers. At the same time, they know talent and passion aren't enough. As the quote above suggests, charter school leaders want to hire teachers whose talents and passions "fit their schools." An experienced teacher with strong skills and knowledge might struggle in a charter school where collaboration is the norm if she or he is used to working alone with the classroom door closed. Making these kinds of distinctions during the hiring process can be difficult. Given the importance and difficulty of finding the right teacher, how can charter schools get the teachers they want and need? This issue brief looks at that question by drawing on a recent multi-year field study of charter schools in six cities in three states conducted by researchers at the University of Washington. When it comes to finding the teachers they want and need, many of the charter schools in the study took a purposeful and careful approach to finding and identifying their teaching staff. This issue brief highlights the most promising recruitment and selection practices from these schools. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools