CCSESA Research on Best Practices for Teacher Recruitment & Retention


Presentation to the Small School Districts Association: Teacher Recruitment in California, An Analysis of Effective Strategies


Info-graphic: Successful Teacher Recruitment Strategies & Recommendations for School Leaders


For Immediate Release: County Superintendents Release New Research and Strategies to Address Teacher Recruitment Statewide

Reports Outline Low-Cost Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Attracting Promising Teaching Professionals


Research Brief: Teacher Recruitment in California- An Analysis of Effective Strategies

The research brief summarizes the context of the teacher shortage and provides a broad overview of the research findings. Researchers identify and analyze characteristics of successful recruiters and share a “Compendium of Successful Research Strategies” which provides a synopsis of no-cost and low-cost strategies identified by the research.


Policy Brief: Teacher Recruitment in California: Successful Strategies and Recommendations

The policy brief builds out the “Compendium of Successful Recruitment Strategies” by highlighting specific strategies utilized by research participants and quantifying commonalities between successful recruiters. The report also provides recommendations for state policy makers and LEAs to improve recruitment practices.


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In this report, Hanover Research discusses best practices in teacher recruitment at the state and local levels. The state of California is currently experiencing a teacher shortage, particularly in critical subject areas (e.g., mathematics, science, special education) and in high-need schools. Moreover, some experts believe the state will “remain at elevated levels of teacher demand for the foreseeable future.”

Addressing this shortage may require comprehensive efforts on the part of state, county, and school district leaders. This report, which seeks to help inform those efforts by discussing the evidence base of several recruitment programs and practices, includes two sections:

Section I: State-Based Programs reviews several programs that states may implement to combat teacher shortages, including: loan repayment assistance and forgiveness, alternative teacher certification, and teacher centers.

Section II: Locally-Based Programs reviews several programs that school districts may implement to combat teacher shortages, including: financial incentives, grow-your-own programs, and marketing initiatives.

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Numerous studies indicate that the challenges faced by new teachers and administrators may contribute to the high rates of attrition observed during the first few years of employment.1 Induction programs – defined as post-hire, in-service training programs completed during the few years of employment – provide additional support and foster skill acquisition among teachers and administrators. However, the nature and scope of teacher and administrator induction programs vary greatly between states and districts. This report discusses findings regarding best practices in teacher and administrator induction and outlines statewide induction standards in 5 states: Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. In addition, we highlight common themes in teacher and administrator induction programs identified in our research.

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