Friday, April 7, 2000
Diversity will be a priority in CCHS teacher recruitment
Director of personnel Dick Sederstrom asked the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee for their input on recruiting teacher candidates at colleges this spring. Anticipating a large number of teacher vacancies, Sederstrom asked the school committee if they wanted to place more emphasis on recruiting candidates of color for openings at CCHS. At the March 28 meeting, RSC chair Fred Wersan spoke for most members, saying he strongly supports the idea because both white and minority students at the high school need more minority teacher role models. Member Lauren Walters of Concord said he wanted recruitment efforts to include candidates of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
In the past, school officials have spent a week visiting the traditional black colleges in North Carolina, Sederstrom said, but that state has since instituted a student loan "forgiveness" program to entice education majors to stay and teach there. In addition, school administrators attend numerous college and teacher job fairs and visit college campuses in the spring looking for candidates of high caliber. Last year, school officials worked to recruit teachers throughout the summer, continuing up to the start of the school year in September. Currently, ads for Concord and the CCHS school district have a footnote that says, "We encourage people of all races and ethnic backgrounds to apply."
High school officials have been seeing a decline in the number of people choosing to enter the field of education. In recent years, there has been a severe shortage of foreign language, chemistry, physics and mathematics teachers due to the strong economy and the ability of teachers to find higher paying jobs in the private sector. However, the school district has experienced no shortage of candidates for the elementary level. Sederstrom said that Massachusetts has a large pool of elementary teacher applicants at this time.
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