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Document Number: 6581

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers for Hard-to-Staff Schools - Although states have maintained a focus on recruiting and retaining teachers, many schools and districts still face daunting challenges in ensuring a qualified and competent teaching corps. States are experimenting with numerous strategies for recruiting and retaining teachers, and some of them are trying particularly to help hard-to-staff schools. This issue brief suggests strategies to help meet the needs of chronically hard-to-staff schools and retain quality teachers. It recommends governors should consider short- and long-term efforts to: (1) evaluate and assess current strategies by collecting, analyzing, and using better data; (2) offer a flexible package of financial incentives to meet different local needs, possibly including substantial changes to traditional pay structures; (3) track, analyze, and improve teacher working conditions, including ensuring strong school leadership, time for teachers to develop their teaching craft, and sufficient materials and resources to teach effectively; and (4) improve preparation and support for beginning teachers. Also included are specific examples of retention practices from several states. (Barnett Berry and Eric Hirsch, NGA Center for Best Practices, 2005)...

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