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.
- 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.
- 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.