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Recruitment Strategies

This page includes a searchable database of strategies, programs, and reports related to the recruitment of teachers, something we also think about as activating the desire within many students to serve their communities in a meaningful way, with a special emphasis on recruiting for diversity. Specific characteristics of future teachers are listed when the resource specifically targets those populations. Resources can be searched by keyword and filtered by population and/or type of resource.

We welcome new strategy suggestions; you may submit them using the Recruitment and Strategies Suggestion form. Generally, these resources are available at no cost or through a subscription carried by CSU campus libraries.

View a list of barriers to teaching that have been used to address some of the real and perceived obstacles that teaching candidates face.

We welcome new ideas for activating and recruiting future teachers; use the Recruitment Strategies form to submit additional suggestions to the list.

​Collaboration between the department of Elementary Education and CSME designed and delivered a version of the successful Hands On Labs modeled at other CSUs.

Submitted by: San Francisco State Populations: Math, Undergraduate Strategies: Other

The Hands-onLab (HOL) is Chico’s outreach program offering inquiry-based science and math activities to K-8 students throughout the region.

Submitted by: CSU Chico Populations: Math, Science, Undergraduate Strategies: Early field experiences

​A new high school course called La Promesa STEM and Future Educators is taught by two outstanding science teachers. Since the school districts can only add a new elective course if they cancel another one, we planned to pay for the course sections for the schools, making it a recruitment asset.

Submitted by: Sonoma State Populations: High School, Math, Science Strategies: Other

​To impact the number of credentials granted we have focused on enhancing the completion rates for students already in credential programs.  One of the critical bottlenecks for our students occurs during their two quarters of directed teaching.

Submitted by: Cal Poly Pomona Populations: Credential Student Strategies: Financial assistance

​Add potential and current math/science education students (as well as teachers who have participated in MSTI-sponsored CSET workshops) to the COMET listserv to keep them informed of the latest developments in math/science education.

Submitted by: CSU Fresno Populations: Math, Science, Undergraduate Strategies: Social media

This set of slides shares several strategies used by CSU Chico to increase outreach to and support for more students of color in Mathematics teaching pathways.

Submitted by: Cheryl Odorica Populations: Math, Science, Students of color, Undergraduate Strategies: Advertising, Presentations, Social media

Face to face events, formal or informal, may be the best way to recruit people into teaching and to sustain their interest over time. Establishing a regular time to meet (like the last Friday of each month) for informal gatherings will help build a sense of community among those interested in teaching.

Submitted by: Ken Futernick Populations: Bilingual Education, Community College, High School, Math, Other graduate, Paraprofessionals, Science, Special Education, Students of color, Undergraduate Strategies: Special events

​Sacramento State’s Learning Assistant (LA) program’s goal has been two-fold. Having LAs in introductory physics and biology courses critical to progression to degree has successfully raised the learning and pass rates for those courses. The LA program also serves as a recruitment tool for future teachers.

Submitted by: Sacramento State Populations: Science, Undergraduate Strategies: Other