Despite the belief that the United States has been in the midst of a dire teacher shortage, research validates that enough teachers are being prepared, but that they are misdistributed or leave shortly after hire. Recruitment refers to the methods by which traditional and alternative programs find candidates for teacher certification or employment. Induction refers to the beginning years in teachers' careers and the methods taken to support them. Retention of teachers refers to the length of time that educators are employed in pre-K-12 classrooms. Research has shown that recruitment, induction, and retention have strong influences on student achievement.

Methods of Recruitment

Traditionally, new teachers were prepared in four-year college degree programs where they specialized in both education and a content area. They became certified to ...

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