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Saturday’s teacher summit: Drumming up interest in “Oakland’s most rewarding profession”

By Katy Murphy
Friday, August 17th, 2007 at 5:16 pm in teachers.

I’m sorry. I know I should have posted this earlier. I’m blaming my vacation.

The Oakland school district is joining with the Office of the Mayor, the Effective Teachers for Oakland Task Force and the Oakland teacher’s union, among other groups, to host a teacher recruitment summit in City Hall. It’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

High school and college students, retired professionals, paraprofessionals and those contemplating a career change are encouraged to attend. The summit promises to offer guidance on how to transition into teaching, how to find financial aid — and local colleges with education programs — and, of course, about opportunities to teach in Oakland.

Some hope that by recruiting teachers from Oakland, the district will be able to stem its turnover rate, which was about 15 percent this year. Laura Moran, who works on these issues for the school district, said recently that team-teaching and coaching for rookie teachers were other strategies she was trying to find the money for.

What needs to be done to keep good teachers in the Oakland public schools?

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  • Steve Weinberg

    In your Sunday Tribune story on the recruitment summit you write that more than 40 percent of Oakland’s public school teachers come from partnership programs such as Teach For America, according to Troy Flint. This figure seems way too high to me. Is it possible that he was referring to 40% of new hires? That would be consistent with my experience. Can you check on this? Thanks.

  • Katy Murphy

    It seemed very high to me, too; I had Troy double-check the estimate with Laura Moran, the chief services officer for the district (who had originally given a higher estimate). My question was about the teaching staff, not about new hires, but I’ll check again.