"I think engaging teachers and really figuring out what's important to them is key…. It's really important to find the root of what really will motivate and inspire our teachers so that we can be supporting them, and they can be growing, and thereby helping students."
–District Administrator From Seattle
Getting Started: Recruitment Strategies
Tips for Recruiting Teachers
With a plan in place, your next step is to recruit teachers to engage in the dialogue. It is never too late to involve teachers, but earlier definitely is better. The following tips are recommended:
Reach out to all teachers—not just the “usual” group.
Schedule meetings to accommodate as many teachers as possible. Consider varying the time and location so that all teachers can participate.
Consider providing refreshments to create a more relaxed atmosphere.
Use e-mails, flyers, and word of mouth to communicate about the discussions and their purpose.
If the role of the teachers union is significant, seek a union partnership to recruit teachers.
Communicate about this initiative with district officials or task force leaders, especially in smaller districts.
Let teachers know from the start how their input will be shared with the key district decision makers.
Strategies for Convening Engagement Teams
Strategies for convening teacher engagement teams include the following:
Ideally, 10–15 teachers are recruited for each teacher engagement team, but larger teams or multiple teams should be accommodated.
It may be appropriate in your context to divide engagement teams between elementary, middle, and secondary levels or, if your district is geographically large, to convene engagement teams based on location.
A school or district can have as many teacher engagement teams as desired, depending on number of teachers and interest. It may make sense to convene one engagement team per school.
Sample Teacher Recruitment Invitation
You may want to download the Sample Teacher Recruitment Invitation and modify it to help kick off your teacher recruitment efforts. The template is provided in Microsoft Word so that you can edit and adapt it to meet the specific needs of your school, district, or state.
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