Recruiting and Retaining Rural Educators: Challenges and Strategies REL


By Rhonda Barton

Education Northwest

Publication November 2012
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School turnaround models emphasize the need to build a committed staff, but this can be problematic for rural schools and districts. This brief examines the research literature on turnover in rural school staffs and discusses the need to prepare educators for rural life, provide online professional development to help them feel connected to peers, and offer opportunities to integrate with the community at large. It also explores the need to provide additional training and support for teachers who may be called on to fill specialist roles when those types of professionals are in short supply to serve rural students. The brief can be especially helpful to state and local education agency leaders and policymakers in informing decisions about human resource needs and supports for rural schools.

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