Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Posted on September 30, 2021

Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Are you motivated and thinking about becoming a teacher? You aren’t alone if you are.  Despite the recent resurgence of the Covid 19 –variant that has caused numerous school closures to in-person classes, many institutions of higher learning have noted a recent uptick in the number of new students applying for teacher certificates.  

Tags : Recruitment, Retention, Student Engagement, Core Values, School, Covid-19


Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Posted on December 16, 2020

Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Chris Hogan, an EntreLeadership personality with Dave Ramsey shares: “Everyone needs AIR”. He uses AIR as an acronym that means, appreciation, inspiration, and recognition. Chris believes that these three elements help us to breathe better. Today is the final installment in our three-part series on “AIR”. As a reminder, the R stands for recognition. As an educator, we recognize students all the time for good grades and passing tests such as STAAR. But what about those who fall through the cracks, those students who are failing? Did you know that sunflowers can be weeds? Harriet Tubman once said: “I was a neglected weed.” Those weeds are majestic flowers that rise to the sun in recognition of its power are like those children in your classroom who are failing. This week’s blog shares a story about Mrs. W., a teacher who stopped and recognized a student and the impact it made. She used best practices such as differentiation and cultural responsiveness to reach a student who was struggling. Take a minute to read this blog. You will discover that you can become the “sun” in someone’s life!

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS, Appreciation


What about Teacher Recruitment and Retention Amidst COVID-19?

Posted on September 23, 2020

What about Teacher Recruitment and Retention Amidst COVID-19?

Many prospective teachers are on edge about applying to schools during the COVID-19 epidemic. Their anxieties are mostly triggered by concerns about their safety and financial survival during the prolonged uncertainty of COVID-19. Likewise, districts that were already experiencing teacher shortages reaching crisis proportions are also experiencing a push and pull to recruit and retain educators now more than ever! Substitute teachers who are the pipeline to permanent teaching are now pursuing other options to make ends meet which leads districts to the situation of making the best of their current predicament with the teachers that they have. A study conducted on understanding and tackling COVID-19 disruption to the teacher recruitment market found that there has been a reduction of more than 5,000 advertised posts in secondary schools alone which has resulted in the job market for teachers being paralleled to a game of musical chairs. For this reason, newly qualified teachers are struggling to find available positions because of the lack of vacancies. However, far fewer teachers feel motivated to make a career change this year according to teachertapp.co.uk. Teachers who are on the market for new opportunities dropped down to 9% (1 in 10) at the start of the lockdown caused by COVID-19. The reasons more commonly being (1) the lack of available jobs, (2) the feeling that staying put was the morally right thing to do, and (3) a much lower appetite for change. This blog will talk about the current atmosphere surrounding teacher recruitment and retention amidst the COVID-19 Epidemic.   The Pressure is On - Revisit, Revise, and Re-evaluate!

Tags : Professional Development, Recruitment, Teacher Preparation


What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

Posted on June 17, 2020

What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

With the latest events surrounding race in America, one can not deny that there is a shift in the way that we approach cultural topics in education. Because of technology and the accessibility of racially motivated violence on social media, students everywhere are being affected by the racially heated social construct in America today. Effective educators have the gigantic responsibility to educate at a time like this. However, the best learning is lived experience; The best educators understand that connecting those lived experiences to important concepts (with empathy) is key to effective instruction. People across the nation are shaken to their core and trying to fully comprehend how this impacts their schools, their families, and their understanding of reality and safety. With the effects of COVID-19 still underway, we are living a historical event; and you, as an educator, are the glimmer of hope that some students need to feel safe and understood.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Discipline


What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

Posted on February 26, 2020

What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

How many teachers are 100% ready to enter the classroom on their first day of school? Most educators long to be effective and make a difference but start the year off feeling like they are left to sink or swim. YES, Inc’s mission is to ensure that children have access to effective educators. As part of our vision, this week our agency kicked off our annual Fundamental Foundations Session I, to vet teacher and resident candidates for our partner districts for the 2020-2021 school year. This week’s blog will explain what Fundamental Foundation Session is and layout how the Equity Pipeline helps our mission.

Tags : Recruitment, Teacher Preparation


How to Apply To Teach in One of Our Partner Districts for the ‘20-’21 School Year

Posted on October 23, 2019

How to Apply To Teach in One of Our Partner Districts for the ‘20-’21 School Year

YES, Inc. is in the midst of our recruitment efforts for the 2020-2021 school year. Yes, you heard correct. We are only three months into the current school year, and we are recruiting for the next school year already!

Tags : Recruitment