It’s easy for a school to become so focused on student enrollment and community building that they may overlook the importance of effective teacher recruitment. A school is only truly as good as the teaching team that works within it. For this reason, boosting the recruitment of competent and skilled educators and then retaining them is absolutely crucial.
Teachers working in a K-12 environment are often concerned about how their students will perform on various required standardized tests. This leads to a test-focused classroom where test passing skills are the most valuable commodity.
This is unfortunate, because a test-focused classroom overlooks the development of other important qualities, including ones that are valued by employers. Take creativity and confidence, for example, two qualities that help make leaders and visionaries, and skills that are treasured by top companies everywhere. Why should these play second fiddle to test preparation?
Below we’ve detailed five simple ways that K-12 teachers can spark creativity and confidence in their classrooms. It’s easier than you think:
“School choice” goes far beyond the idea of parents just picking a group of buildings from a selection of schools in their hometowns. It has grown into an entire movement, replete with government programs and incentives—a giant, intricate web of factors and new realities.
Between magnet schools, charter schools, homeschooling, vouchers, tax credits, education savings accounts (ESAs), and other programs, school admissions have become increasingly more competitive. That brings a new thread of competition for schools as they vie for the best talent to join their future graduating classes.