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ERIC Number: ED543672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Key Issue: Recruiting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teachers
McGraner, Kristin L.
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
A STEM teacher is one who teaches in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In K-12 schooling, most STEM teachers instruct mathematics and science classes, which continue to be critical shortage areas. As part of a comprehensive human capital strategy, designing recruitment initiatives to attract qualified STEM teachers will help school districts do the following: (1) Ensure the equitable distribution of qualified mathematics and science teachers; (2) Design a systematic and seamless recruitment and hiring effort that meets the needs of the district or school and thereby strengthens the quality of candidates for mathematics and science positions; and (3) Retain effective teachers in the hard-to-staff positions through better job-candidate matches. This paper presents strategies for developing targeted mathematics and science teacher recruitment.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality