For many years, North Carolina has had a number of robust teacher recruitment efforts 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. That is why we formed a teacher recruitment working group in 2020 with representatives from across the education landscape and including input from over 100 experts, including educators, researchers, and policymakers. This working group set out to examine the teacher recruitment landscape in North Carolina and develop a set of recommendations to move our state forward with a coordinated and impactful teacher recruitment strategy.
NC STRIDE Teacher Recruitment Action Plan
The culmination of the NC STRIDE work, so far, is the release of the NC STRIDE Teacher Recruitment Action Plan which frames the process through which the plan came together, shares the recommendations, strategies, and actions, and highlights areas of alignment with other education initiatives underway in North Carolina.
NC STRIDE has identified eight primary Recommendations, 20 Strategies and over 150 Actions. The primary recommendations, shown below, are not in order of priority, they are all interrelated and equally important. To view the Strategies and Actions, please download the report above.
Establish a state-level teacher recruitment entity within DPI that will increase alignment between DPI, EPPs, LEAs, educators, personnel administrators, policymakers, educator support groups, and others.
Offer in-classroom and other relevant teaching experiences early and often for anyone who might be interested in teaching, providing them exposure to multiple environments and subject areas to help determine whether teaching is a good fit for them.
Develop specific, targeted hiring practices and incentives to fill critical vacancies, leveraging best practices in other industries and places to clearly align specific strategies with each unique type of staffing need.