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15. Require each state to adopt a policy on recruitment, training and retention.

In implementing 34 CFR 300.156, a State must adopt a policy that includes a requirement that LEAs in the State take measurable steps to recruit, hire, train and retain highly qualified personnel to provide special education and related services under Part B to children with disabilities.

[34 CFR 300.156(d)] [20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(14)(D)]


Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder



Reaction Questions


  1. Do you know how to find out your states policies?


  2. What are some of the differences between recruitment and retention? How does each impact the supply of highly qualified teachers?


  3. In your experience, what are some of the reasons why qualified teachers leave the profession?


  4. In your opinion, why is a provision that requires state planning for recruitment and retention important?


Application Questions


  1. As you think about recruitment:
    In your experience, what are some of the attributes of people that stay in the profession?


  2. As you think about recruitment:
    In your view, what are some of the dispositions you would look for when hiring someone?


  3. As you think about recruitment:
    In your view, what are some of the recruitment strategies that might be effective?


  4. As you think about recruitment:
    In your view, what are some of the hiring strategies that might be effective?


  5. As you think about retention:
    • In your view, how are preparation and retention related?
    • What are some of the training strategies that might be effective?
    • What are the implications for institutions of higher education?


  6. As you think about retention:
    In your view, how are school culture and retention related? What are the implications for school leaders?


  7. As you think about retention:
    How might schools measure their retention rate for general education and special education teachers?


  8. As you think about retention:
    • Does your state have data on the number of teachers leaving the profession?
    • How can you find out?
    • What rends should you be looking for in the data, if available?


  9. As you think about retention:
    Does your district have an exit interview that helps them understand the reasons that teachers give for leaving the district?


    These questions were developed by the following

    stakeholders working together:

     

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Pennsylvania

    Role: Family
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: California

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Wyoming

    Role: State Education Agency
    Location: Arkansas

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Florida

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Pennsylvania