10 Ways to Recruit Teachers.
One of the best gifts you can give to the career and technical education field is ensuring its future by recruiting new teachers. Try a couple of these strategies--and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
The need for teachers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. has become very real--and in some cases drastic. State education departments and school districts are offering hiring bonuses, paying off student loans and posting job openings on high-traffic Web sites--and these include jobs in areas that traditionally have had plenty of candidates, like English and social studies. But career and technical education courses often are electives, and if administrators can't find the qualified teachers they need for classes in family and consumer sciences or marketing, for example, they're liable to close these programs altogether. Imagine how a trend like that could affect the future workforce.
Now, more than ever, it's crucial that educators do their part to recruit the career and technical education teachers of the future. Whether you're a high school teacher, counselor, community college instructor or teacher educator, you can help make sure that years from now there will be enough quality teachers to continue the important work of educating youth for successful professional lives. Here are 10 ways to do that.
1 Talk to teens. High school students who excel in their own career and technical coursework coursework
work done by a student and assessed as part of an educational course
Noun 1. coursework - work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study; usually it is evaluated as part of the student's and those who express an interest in teaching are prime candidates. Nurture their interests by talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to them about why and how you pursued a teaching career. You can help them get more information from the school counselor A school counselor is a counselor and educator who works in schools, and have historically been referred to as "guidance counselors" or "educational counselors," although "Professional School Counselor" is now the preferred term. , career center or the Internet. Student officers in vocational student organizations (VSOs) are especially good candidates because they have the enthusiasm for the field and the leadership skills that make for great teachers. Get teacher educators from neighboring neigh·bor
1. One who lives near or next to another.
2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
3. A fellow human.
4. Used as a form of familiar address.
v. colleges and universities and their graduate students to speak at local and state VSO VSO (in Britain) Voluntary Service Overseas
VSO n abbr (BRIT) (= Voluntary Service Overseas) → organización que envía jóvenes voluntarios a trabajar y enseñar en los países del Tercer Mundo meetings about careers in teaching. Also pitch the speaking idea to veteran high school teachers who will be retiring soon. They may find inspiration in securing their own replacements. Contact your state association about starting a recognition program for teachers who successfully recruit future teachers or serve as mentors.
2 Search from within. Recruiting within a college or university also can be a source of teacher education students. Get a list of the undecided or general studies students from the campus career counseling Noun 1. career counseling - counseling on career opportunities
counseling, counselling, guidance, counsel, direction - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action center, contact them and invite them to an informational session. Or mail students a flyer that directs them to a Web site the college has set up to provide information about the teacher education program. Other potential recruits are undergraduates in majors related to career and technical education, like agricultural sciences Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. (Veterinary science, but not animal science, is often excluded from the definition. and nursing. Encourage these students to work toward a minor or other option in education that includes meeting the requirements for a teaching license.
3 Seek counsel. Open the lines of communication "Lines of Communication" is an episode from the fourth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. Synopsis
Franklin and Marcus attempt to persuade the Mars resistance to assist Sheridan in opposing President Clark. with campus career counselors. They are a valuable link to nontraditional students, particularly those adults who have returned to school to pursue a career change. Their previous work and life experiences may make them ideal candidates. Make sure the campus counselors know about the demand for teachers in career and technical education. Invite them to the informational sessions you have for potential teacher education students. Or offer a presentation especially for the counseling staff on teaching opportunities in career and technical education. Provide them with brochures and other promotional materials to share with prospective students.
4 Find those on the fence. There are a fair number of undergraduate seniors who still are not sure what their next step will be. Some are considering graduate school but haven't made up their minds and don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. all their options. Mail informational flyers to seniors at surrounding colleges and universities. Set up visits to senior seminar classes by contacting professors or counselors at the college. Share information about the demand for teachers and encourage them to begin a master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. plus teaching licensure program in a field of career and technical education related to their undergraduate major.
5 Talk among yourselves. Have you considered recruiting the people you work with who are not in teaching positions? Some may be support staff, program coordinators or classroom assistants or aides. Perhaps your department office manager would make the perfect business education teacher. Maybe the university landscape manager is interested in teaching about horticulture horticulture [Lat. hortus=garden], science and art of gardening and of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Horticulture generally refers to small-scale gardening, and agriculture to the growing of field crops, usually on a large . Many of these co-workers have completed college coursework, and most have associate's degrees as·so·ci·ate's degree
An academic degree conferred by a two-year college after the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed. in a technical field. Sometimes the employing school district, college or university provides tuition reimbursement Reimbursement
Payment made to someone for out-of-pocket expenses has incurred. for a certain number of courses as a job benefit. Talk to these colleagues about a career in teaching and provide information about their options--further schooling or, in some cases, alternative certification.
6 Take on tech prep. Community colleges that already are working with neighboring colleges and universities through tech prep articulation agreements are prime recruiting territories. Tech prep efforts have built strong relationships between secondary and post-secondary programs. It is important for colleges and universities to join in this partnership to develop options for students, including those who would be excellent candidates for teaching careers. Fostering close relationships between community college and higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. programs can increase enrollment at both levels and enhance the career options for the students they serve.
7 Seek military intelligence. The decrease in military personnel that followed the end of the Cold War resulted in another pool of potential teachers. Forced retirements and base closures have many former members of the armed services The Constitution authorizes Congress to raise, support, and regulate armed services for the national defense. The President of the United States is commander in chief of all the branches of the services and has ultimate control over most military matters. looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. second careers. Often their military work included teaching occupational skills to young adults, so the transition to career and technical education would be smooth. The Troops to Teachers program (www.troops.org), launched by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1994, works with state education departments, school districts and teacher education programs to prepare former military personnel for the classroom and facilitate their career transition.
8 Extend your offer. Remember your local Cooperative Extension Service Cooperative Extension Service, in the United States, publicly supported, informal adult education and development organization. Established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act, it constitutes one of the largest adult education programs in the world and consists of three (CES)? Some state and county governments have reduced these agencies, but many continue to provide consumer help. CES agents, especially those who specialize in agriculture and family and consumer sciences matters, are good candidates for a parallel career shift. In addition to the personal rewards that come with teaching, CES employees also may find a teacher's traditional work schedule attractive, which (depending on the position) could mean fewer weekend, evening and summer hours. Many CES employees also may have earned teaching licensure through their undergraduate programs. However, others would need additional teacher education and technical courses in the desired subject area.
9 Find the job seekers job seeker also job·seek·er
One who seeks employment. . Many businesses throughout the country continue to downsize Downsize
Reducing the size of a company by eliminating workers and/or divisions within the company.
When a company downsizes, it is attempting to find ways to improve efficiency and increase profitability.
It is sometimes referred to as trimming the fat. . Contact outplacement out·place·ment
The process of facilitating a terminated employee's search for a new job by provision of professional services, such as counseling, paid for by the former employer. personnel and employment service agencies for information about the skills and career interests of displaced displaced
see displacement. employees. Depending on their area of expertise, these individuals could make excellent additions to the career and technical education teaching force. These agencies often have information on people who are interested in changing careers, too. In some cases, government employee benefits include tuition reimbursement for pursuing a teaching career.
10 Use distance learning. Because many career and technical teacher education programs have closed in recent years, fewer institutions must share the job of preparing teachers. These remaining programs must serve more students, many of whom are far from campus. Distance learning technology, like two-way audio and video instruction at various sites and Web-based courses, allows schools to make their programs more convenient and therefore more attractive. However, the cost of technology can be prohibitive pro·hib·i·tive also pro·hib·i·to·ry
1. Prohibiting; forbidding: took prohibitive measures.
2. for some institutions. Developing partnerships with other teacher education institutions, state education departments and school districts can help support distance education programs. If you already have a distance teacher education program or plan to start one soon, make sure to advertise it through neighboring community colleges, school districts and in local newspapers. If you'd like to share your own successful teacher recruiting strategies or have luck with one or more of these, let your colleagues know by sending an e-mail to Techniques Editor Marlene Lozada, email@example.com.
RELATED ARTICLE: ONCE YOU'VE GOT THEM, KEEP THEM
Once you've recruited students into career and technical teacher education programs or gotten new teachers into the classroom, your job has just begun. Your goal is to enhance their job satisfaction and success so they stay in the field or major. Here are some strategies for doing that.
To retain teacher education majors:
* Make sure students are getting quality academic counsel from advisers. This is very important if your students are going to stick with their program of study. Set high standards for student and faculty advisers and reward good work with merit increases. Institute an outstanding adviser award in your program or department based on student recommendations.
* Help students feel like they belong. Student organizations can build cohesiveness and collegiality col·le·gi·al·i·ty
1. Shared power and authority vested among colleagues.
2. Roman Catholic Church The doctrine that bishops collectively share collegiate power. between advisers and undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for teaching careers. Encourage students to join professional organizations such as the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE ACTE Association for Career and Technical Education (formerly American Vocational Association)
ACTE Association of Corporate Travel Executives
ACTE Approvals Committee for Terminal Equipment
ACTE Anodal Closure Tetanus ). If they meet the criteria, students can join ACTE for only $10 a year. Organize a few team-building fund-raisers and you can help send students to regional and national conferences. Social activities--like tailgating Tailgating
The action of a broker or advisor purchasing or selling a security for his or her client(s) and then immediately making the same transaction in his or her own account. parties at football games and evening pizza parties--also can help increase overall student involvement.
* Get students into the local schools. Reinforce your students' decision to become teachers by arranging their participation in VSO activities at local high schools where they can speak about their career choice. A teacher education program can "adopt" a school and arrange for students to work in the classroom regularly. Develop opportunities for students to speak about teaching careers at their hometown home·town
The town or city of one's birth, rearing, or main residence.
Noun 1. hometown - the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence; "he never went back to his hometown again" high schools during college breaks.
To retain new teachers:
* Keep in touch. Teacher educators and school system administrators should collaborate to make the orientation and initial experiences of career and technical teachers as positive as possible. Nurturing new teachers can be as simple as regular e-mail contact with their advisers and listserves of student teaching colleagues to compare experiences and share ideas during the first year of teaching.
* Establish a network of mentors. Mentors are critical in helping new teachers learn the ropes and become familiar with responsibilities. School administrators and teacher educators can help facilitate mentoring relationships by helping match new teachers with experienced teachers in their local areas.
* Help form a peer support group. A peer support group gives the novice teacher a comfortable forum for sharing successes and frustrations. State professional organizations can help organize regional groups within or across career and technical teaching fields. If distance makes it difficult to meet in person, electronic discussion groups also can provide an effective forum for supportive communications. --D.S.
Daisy Stewart is a teacher educator in vocational and technical education at Virginia Tech's College of Human Resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. and Education in Blacksburg. She also is a past president of the Association for Career and Technical Education.