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Much attention has been paid recently to teacher shortages.  However, less attention has been paid to how schools hire teachers, which has a direct impact on the shortage issue (which varies by subject and region).  Ineffective teachers are more likely to leave, as are those who don’t “fit” well with the culture or demographic of the school. ...




Lucy Kellaway plans to lead the way to teaching for career changers

After years of dispensing careers advice to readers of the Financial Times, the award-winning columnist Lucy Kellaway is quitting journalism for teaching – and wants her readers to follow her.
 
Kellaway wants to do more than retrain as a maths teacher. ...




As charter schools grow, they face challenge of hiring amid a teacher shortage

s California struggles with a teacher shortage, charter schools face distinct challenges recruiting teachers.
Those challenges are exacerbated by the rapid expansion of charters, with the number of schools more than doubling in the past decade. ...




In Fall River the student population is diverse; the teachers, not so much

The first day of school is full of introductions. Teachers introducing themselves to students, and vice versa. Then students introducing themselves to each other, and so on.
Yamil Baez, who teaches Spanish at B.M.C. Durfee High School, has a first day ritual of her own, she developed while teaching at a previous school. ...




Lynchburg, other area school divisions, struggle with diversity gap among teaching ranks

Kenneth Burrows leads a third and fifth grade classroom in a song highlighting different nationalities found at Heritage Elementary School on Tuesday in preparation for their school performance. Burrows is one of only 3.3 percent of male teachers of color in Lynchburg City Schools. ...




Why Are There So Few Principals of Color?

Nancy Gutierrez was primed to shine. As the new principal at Fischer Middle School in East San Jose, California, it was more than a new job for Gutierrez, it was a homecoming. She was a product of the heavily Mexican American, working-class, and immigrant community, and her mom still lived just a few blocks from the school in Northern California. ...




Denver Public Schools make an effort to hire teachers of color

DENVER - Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Public School Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova held a meeting on Friday with prospective teachers from around the country in an attempt to attract more teachers of color to Denver. 
 
Mayor Hancock and DPS invited 15 teaching candidates of color to Denver as part of "Make Your Mark Denver," an effort focused on increasing diversity in educators. ...




How to Get the Teachers We Want

Specialization would lead to better teaching and higher salaries
“Human capital” is quickly becoming the new site-based management. While few are sure what it means, everyone craves it, has a model to deliver it, and is quick to tout its restorative powers. ...




In response to teacher shortage, Spokane Public Schools ramps up hiring, mentorship

Responding to a teacher shortage, Spokane Public Schools is changing how it hires and retains teachers – focusing more on mentorship and early recruitment.
“We know more and more what it takes to be successful,” said district Superintendent Shelley Redinger. ...




Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.
 
It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. ...