Private sector leaders in human resources and talent recruitment are partnering with the federal government to help local school districts fill teacher and school staff vacancies.
Teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming rate across the country, and hiring new teachers remains a major challenge. Combined with the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are facing a perfect storm scenario across the country.
Congress and the federal government have even taken an interest in the problem. On August 30, the White House announced a series of new national public-private partnerships to address the issue:
The announcement includes new commitments from major job platforms to make it easier for Americans to find opportunities in education, and new initiatives from teachers’ unions and national and state organizations to expand career paths. quality access to the profession for future teachers.
Top Talent & Job Recruitment Platforms
The federal government has partnered with several talent and employment recruitment platforms on a series of new actions to make it easier to find, recruit and hire teachers and school professionals looking for jobs. employment by states and school districts, and to help more Americans find jobs in education. :
- ZipRecruiter is launching a new online job portal specifically dedicated to K-12 school jobs. This portal will feature public school job openings across the United States, including teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, social workers, mental health counselors, librarians, and more. Schools, districts, and states can partner with ZipRecruiter to have their open roles included for free. The job portal will also offer additional hiring resources, including best practices for job seekers and school district human resources teams.
- Handshake will help students explore careers in education. In October 2022, Handshake will host a free nationwide virtual event to help current undergraduate students learn about education pathways, including teachers, guidance counsellors, specialists school mental health and school psychologists. This event will provide information on how educators can make an impact and provide practical advice on building a career in the teaching profession. Along with the event, Handshake will release a list of all schools and districts hiring college students and graduates for jobs this year, helping aspiring educators kick-start their career search. The Handshake Network includes 10 million current and recent students at 1,400 two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide, including 281,000 who have pursued or are pursuing graduate studies.
- In effect announces that it will host virtual career fairs for educators across the country. These events will focus specifically on hiring teachers, administrators, counselors and other staff. Participating entities will have access to Indeed’s free suite of recruitment tools to manage the end-to-end recruitment process, from job offers to interviews.
Other Federal Efforts
- The Department of Labor (DOL) develops high quality programs that prepare and support teachers, including Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs. The DOL is committed to prioritizing the education sector in future learning funding, including its next round of more than $100 million in learning grants, which will provide critical support to states and other partners looking to start and develop teacher learning programs. Students need qualified teachers who are ready to teach them and who reflect the diversity of our students. Teachers need affordable pathways to the profession. Registered teacher apprenticeship programs allow individuals – including those already working in schools, such as teaching assistants – to earn a living while they learn, receive compensation while they acquire teaching skills under the supervision of a mentor teacher and take courses to obtain their teaching license. This allows teachers to gain solid classroom experience before leading their own, and makes becoming a teacher more affordable. Once registered by the DOL or their state apprenticeship agency, state and local workforce councils can use Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I funds to support these programs. . The secretaries are also encouraging state and local workforce councils to work with education systems to address non-teaching staff shortages in schools.
- DOL and the US Department of Education encourage governors and district leaders to use the American Rescue Plan’s elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds and the $350 billion in state and local fiscal stimulus funds to boost teachers’ salaries .
The situation in Maryland
Every school district in Maryland has experienced the challenges of a shortage of school professionals in recent years, and districts across the state have tested and implemented a combination of strategies to combat the problem. Several have attempted to address the state’s teacher shortage through financial incentives such as retention and hiring bonuses, while others have raised the minimum wage for school support staff. Others have adjusted school calendars to incorporate more administrative leave days and teacher welfare bonus days.
The challenge of school personnel was also a matter of concern during the 2022 legislative session, during which several initiatives aimed at boosting the hiring and retention of school personnel were considered and a bill was passed to provide support staff with $500 bonuses in fiscal years 2023 and 2024 and to study the issue of staffing shortages and salaries.
Learn more about new federal public-private partnerships.