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Resources,  August 07, 2007

Afterschool Can Support Teacher Recruitment, Retention

"While student enrollment is rising, schools across the country are facing a critical shortage of teachers. A new MetLife-Afterschool Alliance issue brief, 'Afterschool: A Powerful Path to Teacher Recruitment and Retention,' explores this vital issue and the role that afterschool programs can play in bringing new teachers to the field and keeping those already in the classroom. The issue brief is one of a series sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that will address the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities.

The new brief demonstrates how afterschool programs serve as a pipeline for teacher recruitment, giving individuals an informal way to begin working in education and with youth. At the same time, afterschool programs can serve as 'teaching laboratories' where individuals new to the field can gain skills and confidence. They also help introduce new teachers to the challenges they will face in regular classroom settings and give them the skills to successfully address these challenges. The experience and confidence earned is invaluable in retention.

This new issue brief provides examples of cities and states that have utilized afterschool to improve their rates of recruitment and retention."

Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources