Nassau County’s first Teacher Recruitment Fair

Nassau County School District
Media Release
April 30, 2018 9:00 a.m.

 

Wildlife Elementary School was the venue for the county’s first Teacher Recruitment Fair

As the Nassau County School District’s student population continues to grow, the need for classroom teachers and other instructional personnel such as guidance counselors, media specialists, speech/language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and psychologists also increases. As a result each year it is becoming increasingly challenging to recruit qualified educators to fill vacant positions.

To address this issue, the Nassau County School District developed an Action Plan this year which places a strong emphasis on recruitment. The recruitment efforts include attendance at 14 recruitment events throughout the country, in addition to hosting Nassau County’s first ever Teacher Recruitment Fair. The latter was held on Saturday, April 21stat Wildlight Elementary School. Every school in the district was represented and had a table display with information about their learning community along with representation from their school leadership and faculty. Also in attendance were staff from the Adult, Career and Technical Education Department, The Exceptional Student Education Department and the Transportation Department. Over 115 individuals attended the event, from as far away as California, Utah, Michigan, and Washington and from as close by as Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. Participants shared their resumes and experiences with school leaders and were able to receive an interview on-site. The majority of school administrators interviewed potential new hires. The event wrapped up at 3PM on Saturday. We look forward to hearing many testimonies of successful hires as a result of our inaugural Teacher Recruitment Fair!

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Douglas Adkins
Douglas Adkins (@guest_51120)
6 years ago

With a growing shortage of teachers and rising level of reliance on uncertified substitute teachers I hope that the school district is successful in attracting good quality teachers. The reality is that retirements will pick up and the 19% shortage in the secondary education ranks will stress the system, especially if growth yield more demand for student stations. The lack of competitive teacher pay rates will drive the outcome to a large degree and access to affordable living spaces will be key to whether these new teachers can even afford to come and teach. The experience of the “old guard” will fade away and the new generation will be dependent on a script that tells them what to teach and when to teach it. You might say the tradecraft of teaching will change. Its a just a reality driven by the facts. The big measuring stick is how many bright future scholarships per high school? What are the average SAT scores for each of the high schools?