A big push to recruit, keep teachers in Delaware

By Amy Cherry 4:58pm, April 9, 2014 - Updated 3:41pm, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of future teachers show up to Project Search to learn about job opportunities. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Markell's office.)
Recruiters from Delaware's school districts meet and interview prospective teachers to fill vacancies for the upcoming school year.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"There were hundreds and hundreds of teachers."

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That's Gov. Markell, who spoke at Project Search at the University of Delaware Wednesday, where he encouraged students to start their teaching careers and stay in Delaware.

He points to what he calls a wealth of progress Delaware has made on education.

"All the way from early childhood education to the work around having better access to data than they've ever had before, the professional learning communities, where they can learn from each other," said Markell.

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He also touted new legislation that allows for earlier teacher hiring that Delaware hopes will make it more competitive with neighboring states.

Cindy Holland, Assistant Director of UD's Career Services Center, tells WDEL this will go a long way since many states used to make their offers long before Delaware.

"And it put our Delaware students in a catch-22 situation, they may have wanted to stay here to teach in Delaware, and then earlier offers came in from competing states. Now, we might be on the same playing field," said Holland.

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