Classrooms filled with great teachers are paramount to students’ success. A teacher’s impact on their students’ learning outweighs other factors such as class size or technology, making it vital for school districts to recruit the strongest teachers and keep them in their classrooms.
In the wake of the pandemic, many school districts have lost teachers at a time when they were already facing teacher shortages. This unexpected surge in teacher turnover rates has left districts scrambling. However, many view this as an opportunity for first-time teachers. In a recent EducationWeek article, Jacob Easley II, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Touro College in NYC stated, “Because there’s so much change, now is the best time to go into the field.”
Now is also the best time for districts to reassess both their teacher recruitment and teacher retention strategies so they can hire and keep the “top 20%” teachers. We have put together several strategies to help you build your talent pipeline with the top candidates and keep the most talented teachers at your school.
At a time when school districts are finding it challenging to staff classrooms, many are hiring underqualified teachers—effectively increasing their turnover rate. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools has put together a list of best school hiring processes and here are a few highlights:
Now that you have your recruitment under control, the next step is to update your teacher retention strategies. Engage and have conversations with your teachers about their mid- and long-term career goals…what do they hope to accomplish in five, ten, or fifteen years? Genuine conversations between school administrators and teachers foster positive working environments. Data has shown that teacher turnover, especially during the summer months, impacts students’ access to top-tier teachers.
Here are a few teacher retention strategies from INCS which you should be implementing, and if you aren’t already, now is a great time to start!
Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime. With the new school year approaching, and schools preparing to hire, now is the time to upgrade your teacher recruitment and retention strategies. We want to help you fill your classrooms with the strongest teachers for your students. Schedule a demo today to learn how interviewstream can increase your hiring effectiveness and improve your district’s teacher recruitment and retention.
Drew Whitehurst is the Content & Implementation Specialist at interviewstream. He's been with the company since 2014 working in client services and marketing. He is an analytical thinker, coffee enthusiast, and hobbyist at heart.