A new policy brief from A+ Education Partnership offers ideas to tackle teacher shortages by recruiting and retaining millennials to teach in Alabama.
In Rethinking Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Alabama: A New Focus on the Current and Future Millennial Workforce, A+ notes that millennials will dominate the workforce by 2025. However, current students are not heavily attracted to the field of education. The brief outlines challenges and opportunities of working with millennials generally in the workforce, and also notes where the state is currently facing shortages for teaching positions.
A+ shares recommendations for their state and districts, including:
- Launching a statewide campaign for recruitment of millennials
- Requiring each school system to create a comprehensive teacher recruitment and retention plan
- Building relationships and/or partnering with top employers nationwide and in Alabama, including Google, to develop models and assistance in recruiting the nation’s brightest into Alabama’s classrooms
The brief also points to best practices in other states, including fellow PIE Network member Tennessee SCORE’s “Teach Today. Change Tomorrow” recruitment campaign and the University of North Carolina’s Educator Quality Dashboard.