At this year’s TASA/TASB Convention for our state school board association in Houston, I had the pleasure of presenting “Recruiting, Inducting and Retaining the Next Generation of Educators” with classmates from my 2016 Leadership TASB class. Ours was selected from several groups in our class to be presented at convention.
As school board members, we are all faced with making decisions every day that are crucial to the success of the students we serve. In this session, we called participants to action on one of these critical areas and that is the future of our teaching force.
While the urgent need to fill teaching positions does create a labor crisis, it also presents an opportunity to transform K-12 education in America—by recruiting our nation’s brightest students to the profession. And that’s just what this presentation was about – understanding the characteristics of GenZ students and thinking differently about how we recruit, induct and retain the next generation into the education profession.
You can view the entire presentation here or by clicking on the slide below. The presentation was the result of our group’s research throughout the year-long leadership program.
Given that we had the opening day 7:30AM time slot, I was quite pleased with the crowd in attendance. I think we are all eager to find new ways of attracting great talent into our classrooms and competing with our neighboring districts. Ideally, we wanted to produce a resolution or legislative recommendation that we could all get behind as board members. With over 1,200 public school districts in Texas, we could be quite influential if we all came together as one voice.
One of the best things we can do as districts is to try and “grow our own” teachers. This article points to two driving statistics: 34 percent of new teachers nationwide are hired for their first jobs by the school districts where they attended high school, and 84 percent of teachers get their first teaching jobs within 40 miles of their hometowns!
So, it’s important to develop programs within districts for aspiring teachers in high schools to learn about education, join clubs, and offer them incentives to come back to their hometowns to teach.
Without enough individuals committing themselves to educating our nation’s children, we are certainly staring down a crisis in the education profession.