Desperate for Teachers

Laura Stelsel is director of marketing and communications at Kappa Delta Pi.

A few weeks ago, fellow KDP staffer Sally and I were on a call with Doug Peden, the executive director of the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE). We were in preliminary talks about how the AAEE could be a resource for KDP members via the Job Search Academy.  Doug said something that caught both of us off guard.

“HR directors in certain areas of the country are pretty desperate for teachers.”

Sally and I looked at each other in surprise. “We haven’t really been hearing that,” she said. “What we’ve been hearing is how difficult it is to find jobs around the country.”

“For some areas, that’s true,” he said. “But in a lot of growing or urban areas, the demand far outweighs the supply.”

What Doug proceeded to tell us is that candidates can find the most difficulty landing jobs when they limit their options: wanting to go back to their home town after graduation or stay in the city where they went to school. If candidates expand their horizons just a bit, perhaps looking to larger or more urban cities, the possibilities really grow.

And that’s how we landed on the Job Search Academy event for this month: a live chat with two HR and recruiting directors in areas where great teacher candidates, like KDP members, are in need. The pair will be taking questions and providing advice for landing jobs in their area and areas like theirs.

This Thursday, March 20, from 8-9 p.m. (EDT) join us for a live chat with:

  • Jack Kronser, HR Director from the Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, and
  • Tanisha Holland of the Recruitment Department of Human Resources Talent Acquisition and Management for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

The chat will take place in the KDP Global Open Forum, but before the chat, Jack and Tanisha will be blogging in the Job Search Academy. Be sure to join the community for their tips and a transcript of the chat after it takes place.

Interested in participating? We’d like to provide the facilitators with a complete list of participants so they can reach out with more tips and info after the chat. Email to RSVP today!

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