Teacher Recruitment in North Carolina
Research has consistently found that of all in-school factors, teachers have, by far, the greatest impact on student success. For many years, North Carolina has had a number of robust teacher recruitment efforts underway but has lacked a comprehensive plan for next steps to ensure that we attract high-quality teaching candidates for our state’s hardest-to-staff subject areas and schools. As a result, for decades we have struggled with persistent teaching vacancies in subject areas like math, science, and Special Education, and in our rural and higher poverty schools. These vacancies and students’ inequitable access to effective teachers across the state led us to dedicate this year’s Innovation Lab to the critical topic of teacher recruitment.