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ERIC Number: ED513865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
How to Recruit and Retain Teachers and Other School Leaders in Hard-to-Staff Rural and Small School Districts. A Toolkit Including Procedures for Implementing a Systematic Approach for Attracting, Selecting, Appointing, Socializing, and Retaining Teachers and Other School Leaders in Hard-to-Staff Rural and Small School Districts
Ahearn, Charles; Harmon, Hobart; Sanders, John R.
SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Recruiting and retaining teachers and other personnel continues to be one of the most critical issues in rural schools. The need for teachers in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly as large numbers of teachers retire, many taking advantage of early retirement incentives. In searching for ways to meet new federal law requirements outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 regarding teacher quality, small and rural school districts will face pervasive recruitment and retention challenges as they struggle to compete in the teacher labor market. This toolkit is a response to the needs expressed by superintendents in the Rural School District Superintendents' Network at SERVE, a network of high-performing superintendents form the six-state SERVE region. While many topics are possible, six tools are included in the toolkit on critical areas that will enable small and rural school districts to address their personnel recruitment and retention issues. They are the following: (1) Recruitment Brochure Tool; (2) Assessment of Community Resources Tool; (3) Applicant Portfolio Review Tool; (4) Applicant Interview Tool; (5) Personnel Retention Checklist Tool; and (6) Personnel Exit Interview/Survey Tool. Each tool includes a brief description of its purpose, the premise on which it was developed, and procedures for using it effectively. A school district may choose to use the tools individually or collectively, based on circumstances specific to each district. However, the greatest success in addressing the district's recruitment and retention issues is more likely to occur if all six tools are integrated into district recruitment and retention practices and viewed and used as a system.
SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 5900 Summit Avenue Suite 201, Browns Summit, NC 27214. Tel: 800-755-3277; Tel: 336-315-7400; Fax: 336-315-7457; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A