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Photo of a meeting room, papers and pencils at the ready, and two men shaking hands.Additional resources for Recruiting and Retaining Teachers

Updated October 2010

A profession as important as teaching naturally has many organizations involved in providing support and guidance to teachers themselves and the state and local educational agencies responsible for making public education a reality for our children. Given current concerns about finding and keeping good teachers, it’s good to know that numerous organizations are focused on how to address those concerns. We’ve identified several below that can offer indepth discussions and resources on teacher recruitment and retention. Visit their websites and see what materials and assistance they can provide.


Finding and keeping quality teachers: What’s effective?
The Personnel Center can tell you. Visit its section called Resources for Best Practice in Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining Personnel, at:

NCIPP, the National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development.
NCIPP offers a wealth of up-to-date information on teacher induction policies (including at the state level), the research base on teacher recruitment and retention, and several series of briefs designed for different key stakeholders–teachers, schools and administrators, and state policy makers.

Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education.

The New Teacher Center @ UCSC.
A national resource focused on teacher and administrator induction.

The TQ Source.
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) offers a database with detailed information about many of the most significant teacher quality publications of the past 20 years.

Want to know about state policies and initiatives?
The TQ Source can also help you find out about programs, data, policies, and the realities of teacher recruitment and retention across the country.

Education Commission of the States, with how to’s, research reviews, and state policies.
The link below will take you to the K-12 Issues page of ECS. Use the drop-down topic menu to select “Teaching Quality.” You’ll be glad you did.

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