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?