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Oakland looks for teachers in its own backyard

By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 4:46 pm in initiatives, students, teachers.

In recent years, some 40 percent of Oakland’s new teaching hires have come from across the country through programs such as Teach for America and Oakland Teaching Fellows. 

Now, to create a more stable teaching force, the school district is trying to recruit more home-grown talent. 

Those interested in teaching in Oakland’s public schools can learn more at a Monday night recruitment and informational event, “Welcome to Teaching.” It’s from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the “Broadway of teaching” slogan does not appear on this recruitment flyer.

image from jefield’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons

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  • Cranky Teacher

    That image is what we call a “reach”…

  • Katy Murphy

    What, you don’t identify with a home-grown tomato?

    I’m sure there are thousands of other teachers out there (teaching locally, of course) who would see the backyard tomato plant as a beautiful metaphor for their lives…

  • Nextset

    If the OUSD does have unusual problems recruiting I hope they take a hard look at why someone would be disinclined to work in their schools vs, say Piedmont or Walnut Creek’s. If their is a problem it would indicate that changes/improvements are called for in the working conditions of the teachers.

    By the same token exit interviews should be conducted of teachers leaving including those taking retirement. The interviews should be done by outsiders or at least upper management.

    Public schools should be run so that the employees have a sense of accomplishment – even if not a profound one. If that’s not happening they need to change. If it is happening I wish OUSD would make sure people know that it is so.

    When I was a sub (not at OUSD) – more than a generation ago – the subs talked to each other and we knew which schools and which districts to refuse assignments to. We also told each other which schools and districts were the most fullfilling to work with and why. The difference between the two wasn’t the money, it was everything else. A lot of “everything else” was the way things were run. We didn’t mind working with less sophisticated (lower SES) students at all – they needed us more. We didn’t mind alternative/continuation schools on occasion either. What made the difference was the way the district and the principal on site ran each campus.

  • John

    On the subject of home grown tomatoes, perhaps Cranky’s years of working in Oakland’s tomato patch have provided her with understanding and insight others lack?