New Challenges, New Strategies
January 27, 2016
This special report explores the factors behind the recent teacher shortages in many areas and highlights initiatives designed to improve district hiring processes and tap new pools of prospective educators. Intended to give education leaders actionable intelligence on the teacher-recruitment landscape today, the stories examine both larger policy issues and more discrete school human resource practices.
- Teacher Preparation Faced With Deep Teacher Shortages, Clark County, Nev., District Looks for AnswersThe Las Vegas-area district, along with state officials and stakeholders, has had to experiment with a number of increasingly urgent initiatives designed to tap new pools of potential teachers.Recruitment & Retention National Network Seeks to Get More H.S. Students Interested in TeachingEducators Rising, part of PDK International, provides resources and support to school leaders in an effort to build stronger local pipelines of future educators.Recruitment & Retention In Efforts to Boost Teacher Diversity, Asians and Pacific Islanders Seek InclusionDiversity-centered recruitment initiatives often target the two largest minority groups: African-Americans and Hispanics. Advocates say more efforts are needed to boost the numbers of other underrepresented ethnicities.Every Student Succeeds Act Need for Bilingual Educators Moves School Recruitment AbroadFor big-city districts, Puerto Rico and Spain have becoming recruiting hot spots amid a shortage of teachers for dual-immersion and English-as-a-second-language programs.Recruitment & Retention To Connect With Candidates, School Recruiters Hone Social Media SkillsDistricts' human resource directors are starting to see platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn as key tools for reaching the current generation of prospective educators.