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Assess Recruitment and Retention Needs 
Before you start any change effort, it is essential to know where you are. By investing some time and energy in discovering your districtís strengths and weaknesses, exploring trends, and hearing from diverse viewpoints, you will be in a better position to identify and prioritize where you want to make changes. Here are some suggestions for getting started on assessing your recruitment and retention needs: †

  • Decide who should be involved in assessing your recruitment and retention needs. The more viewpoints you can include, the more accurate your assessment will be.
  • Determine whether you need to do some preliminary assessment before forming a recruitment team or whether conducting a comprehensive assessment should be the first work of your recruitment team.
  • Be prepared to gather data during the assessment process.

Gather Data to Help Understand Recruitment and Retention Needs
Although you may have a sense of what some of the recruitment and retention issues are, data will help to verify and sharpen your understanding of your districtís needs and priorities for recruitment and retention. Data will provide a sound base from which to plan and a baseline to measure your efforts.

  • Use existing data to help identify and predict what your personnel needs will be over the next five years. 
  • Use data from other states and national sources to learn about factors that affect educator recruitment and retention.
  • Consider using exit interviews and educator job satisfaction surveys to track educator recruitment and retention issues in your school.

Build a Recruitment Team
Recruiting and retaining educators for your district is not a one-person job. Building an ongoing recruitment program is the responsibility of everyone in a school community. A recruitment and retention team can help to:

  • Identify the strengths and challenges of recruitment and retention in your district;
  • Set short- and long-term goals for improving recruitment practices;
  • Ensure an organized approach to your recruitment efforts;
  • Make sure that recruitment and retention become ongoing priorities for your district; and
  • Bring skills, knowledge, and energy to the district to implement successful recruitment and retention practices.

Who Should Be on Your Recruitment Team?
Your recruitment team will be more effective if it includes a diverse mix of people from the school community. The best composition of the team for your district will depend on your specific needs. Here are some possibilities:

District Personnel: From the Community:
  • Recently Hired Educators
  • Veteran Educators
  • Administrators
  • Human Resource Personnel
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Union Representatives  
  • School Board Members
  • Parents
  • Chamber of Commerce Representatives
  • Business Leaders
  •  Retired Educators
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Civic Organization Representatives

Develop a Recruitment and Retention Plan
Once you have assessed your districtís needs for recruitment and retention and identified your priorities for action, you are ready to plan how to achieve your desired outcomes. 

Effective planning begins with knowing what outcomes you are trying to achieve and then developing a logical pathway to achieving those outcomes. Depending on what you have identified as priorities, you may need to plan a small defined project or a complex, long-term initiative.

Measuring Effectiveness of Recruitment and Retention Efforts
Measuring the effectiveness of your efforts to attract, hire, and retain educators will help to determine which of your efforts have yielded results. Ideally, your assessment and planning process will lead to clearly defined, measurable goals, and you will have a head start on your evaluation plan.

Resources (Click on the links below.)

Arizona Schools Recruitment Checklist
Inventory of Strengths
Meeting Evaluation Form
Project Planning Worksheet
Recruitment Assessment Tool
Recruitment Team Planning Grid
Sample Exit Questions
Tips for Developing a Recruitment and Retention Team