RETAIN & RECRUIT

A recent PDE webinar session addressed the state-wide needs to focus on Retaining and Recruiting for School Year 2021-2022 and provided a compilation of timely resources which can be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/February18Roadmap.

As we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic, the following resources stood out from this comprehensive list.

Strategic Staffing: Retaining and Recruiting for SY 21-22

These webinar series resources resonated with MCIU Continuity of Education team because they apply to a range of professionals within an LEA.   While teacher retainment is an ongoing process,  LEA administrators  are likely to be engaging in recruitment and hiring in the near future. These resources provide strategies and methods to consider while completing this process in our current situation.  

Suite of tools for remote recruitment and hiring of educators

As LEAs increasingly use remote approaches for identifying, attracting and hiring effective educator candidates, this toolkit can provide useful guidance, tools and examples.

 

Remote Recruiting Toolkit: Staff Involvement in Virtual Recruiting

Involving your staff in recruitment is a proven strategy that also helps distribute this work across a team, making overall recruitment efforts more efficient and effective. See the link above for suggestions and best practices to involve staff in virtual recruitment.

 

TNTP: Planning Guide for Teacher Stay Conversations

Retaining great teachers is an important part of an effective talent management strategy. Research tells us that simply letting great teachers know how valuable they are and directly asking them to stay is an effective retention strategy. This planning guide walks through how to plan for stay conversations with your top teachers.

 

February has featured the second round of webinars pertaining to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Roadmap for Education Leaders.  This Roadmap toolkit identifies six key processes essential for ensuring systems and policies are flexible and responsive to the needs of students and school communities, particularly in the rapidly changing environment of the pandemic. 

 

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.