Rural Communities Interested In Attracting Teaching Staff

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Education Sector Workforce Planning, Framework for Action
Action Plan Alberta
The plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for change in the endeavour to provide students with access to high quality education professionals, now and in the future. The development of this document represents the education sector's commitment to attract, develop and retain professional teachers in Alberta's education system. It articulates key challenges facing the education sector workforce and offers strategic recommendations aligned with the vision of having the right people with the right skills in the right places at the right times to meet the needs of learners.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Northern Student Teacher Bursary Program
Program Alberta
Alberta Education offers the Northern Student Teacher Bursary program in collaboration with the Alberta Scholarships Program and the Northern Alberta Development Council. The program provides bursaries of $8,000 annually to teacher education program students in the last two years of their studies. Upon graduation, the student is obligated to provide return service for an agreed length of time in participating northern Alberta school jurisdictions. It is expected that teacher attraction and retention in northern and rural communities can be enhanced with the implementation of a financial incentive program.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Northern Student Teacher Bursary Program Manual
manual Alberta
This manual was created to assist in the development and implementation of the Northern Student Teacher Bursary Program. It will be used and updated as required to ensure the effective administration of the Northern Student Teacher Bursary program. The intended target audience of this manual is the staff of Alberta Education, Alberta Scholarship Programs, the Northern Alberta Development Council and superintendents and other staff of participating school divisions.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Breaking Down the Barriers: Rural Field Experiences Initiative
Initiative Alberta
The initiative has been organized by the Department of Field Experiences of the University of Alberta and Alberta Workforce Planning and Development. The initiative aims to promote rural field experiences to the student population and to support the attraction and retention of teachers to rural areas in Alberta.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Alberta Education Teacher Forecasting
Model Alberta
The model is based on a modified 'Cohort Component' Model (the standard demographic forecasting method used by academics and forecasters around the world). The model forecasts the Alberta student population using fertility and migration rates applied to Alberta Health and Wellness population data, forecasts continuing teachers based on historic attrition in Alberta Education data, and determines the shortfall to maintain a consistent student-to-staff ratio. The model's primary function is to serve as a springboard for thoughtful and strategic conversations about the future population growth or decline in schools. It provides planners with a platform for considering future student populations and the impact that these populations will have on budgets, staffing, programs and facilities.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Northern Alberta Development Council's Rural and Remote Education Report
Report Alberta
The Rural and Remote Education Report identifies challenges facing northern school divisions. The report provides examples of successful programming alternatives and demographic data and planning tools. The report is based on data collected from interviews with 11 northern school division superintendents and staff, community survey responses,a literature review and demographic forecasts derived from Alberta Education's Student Population Projection and Teacher Forecasting Model. Some of the items reviewed are teacher attrition, school capacity and student participation.

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Pathways to Teaching Careers
Program Other
The program is an innovative approach that seeks to address the teacher shortage in hard-to-staff schools and subject areas, as well as to attract teacher candidates from non-traditional candidate pools. One initiative of this program focuses on identifying and recruiting para-professionals and non-certified teachers currently working in public schools. This initiative offers these individuals scholarships and other support services so that they can obtain a bachelor's or master's degree as well as meet requirements for full state certification. Another Pathways initiative targets returning Peace Corps volunteers; the qualified candidates are placed in full-time salaried positions in urban and rural school districts and are given a two-year graduate level program leading to a teaching certificate and a master's degree. Evaluations of the program reveal that it has been successful. More than 2,200 individuals have been recruited, and a significant proportion of these were ethnic minorities.

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Recruiting, Preparing and Retaining Teachers for America's Schools
Report Other
The report presents an overview of the Fund's Pathways to Teaching Careers Program, its progress since 1989 and early evaluation findings. It is designed to inform and stimulate discussion on the Fund's experiences.

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Project on the Next Generation of Teachers
Project Other
The research project addresses critical questions about the future of America's teaching force by studying how best to attract, support and retain quality teachers in public schools. The project's ongoing work focuses on hiring practices in schools, teachers' careers and career decisions, professional culture, principal leadership, curriculum and alternative routes to teaching. Multistate case studies of alternative certification programs, a four-state survey of new teachers' experiences and attitudes, and comparative case studies of new teachers' experiences with math curriculum are underway.

Rural communities interested in attracting Teaching Staff
Ahead of the Class: A Handbook for Preparing New Teachers from New Sources
Handbook Other
This how-to handbook for educators aims to expand and diversify the pool of teachers for remote and rural schools. It guides school districts and universities in cooperating to find, train and place non-traditional educators, classroom aides and returning Peace Corps volunteers.

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The Student Teacher Rural Experience Program (STREP)
Program Other
The program was commenced to support the Western Australian Department of Education and Training's (DET) efforts to attract and retain teachers in rural schools. The DET specifies the particular districts to which the STREP will apply. Applicants need to satisfy a number of selection criteria. Between 1999 and 2005, 511 pre-service teachers received scholarships to participate in the program.

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Bachelor Conversion to Teaching, Western Australia
Program Other
The course targets rural and remote teaching aides working at primary and pre-primary levels. The course is delivered in a block release of four weeks each semester, over two years (4 semesters), with the remaining training taking place on-the-job, using distance education tools such as on-line learning and local school resources. Students have prescribed learning tasks and then apply them in a practical setting.

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