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Rural Educator Recruitment And Retention 

The priority goals of the Colorado Center for Rural Education at UNC were developed in alignment with the provisions of Senate Bill 16-104 that established enabling legislation for a sustaining rural educator recruitment and retention program. The following four priority goals are outlined for the first five years of Center operations:

Rural Teacher Pipeline

  • Increase the number of early education experiences for pre-collegiate students to encourage more individuals from rural school districts to consider teaching as a career.
  • Increase the number of pathways available to become a qualified teacher in rural school districts.

Homegrown Teachers

  • Increasing the number of college students from rural districts who graduate from teacher preparation programs and who commit to student teaching in rural school districts.
  • Develop a Rural Teaching Scholars program that identifies junior and senior teacher candidates who commit to complete their student teaching experiences in rural school districts.

Teacher Leadership

  • Development of Concurrent Enrollment Certification or National Board Certification of Teachers in Rural School Districts
  • Increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers from high-need areas (e.g., science, mathematics, special education, or cultural/linguistic diversity) who are teaching in rural school districts.
  • Increase the number of teachers residing in rural districts and holding appropriate college degrees that return to complete requirements for Concurrent Enrollment Certification in high-need areas and who commit to teach in rural school districts.

Retention of Rural Teachers

  • Provide ongoing mentoring and professional development of teachers entering high-need, rural schools to increase retention during first year induction phase of their teaching careers through creation of a Rural Professional Development Network.
  • Assess, disseminate, and sustain the best recruitment and retention practices.