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Maryland Education Leaders Discuss Recruitment, Retention Solutions

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Segun Eubanks, of the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland, predicts that “this is probably going to be a tough year” for school staffing.

At a rally at the University of Maryland, state education leaders have discussed the challenges of hiring and retaining teachers and administrators.

Segun Eubanks, director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland, told WTOP about whether the school system will be fully staffed by the start of classes. It’s hard to imagine otherwise.

According to Eubanks, the school system is trying to recruit from a shrinking pool of teacher candidates, and not just because of the impact of COVID-19. The better the economy, the more options people have. “

This year, educators “will have to talk a lot about the social and emotional needs of staff and the kinds of pressures schools are under,” he said.

Discussions at the School Improvement Summer Institute also focused on what is needed to retain staff at all levels.

“Most people [teach] Therefore, administrators need to help teachers “do more of what they love”.



Eubanks said educators in Maryland are also looking to programs that produce new teachers. We have to work better with the conditionally accredited teachers who come to the school. “

Salary and workload often come up. Eubanks referred to reforms enacted by legislators in Annapolis in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, also known as the Kirwan Plan.

“Maryland’s blueprint calls for a minimum annual salary of $60,000 for each first-year teacher, but the inequality of salaries across school districts is relevant to a deeper debate about how schools are funded.” he said.

Eubanks says teachers aren’t the only ones feeling overwhelmed. Administrators and principals also need support in handling staffing, curriculum and other school operations. “Superstars” often run into posts as head office and superintendents, but school leaders who stay on the job for the long term need more support.

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Eubanks said inequality affects the way schools educate students at all levels, saying, “A lot of inequality is something we control and we can do something about.” It is perpetuated by school policy.”

“Yesterday, we talked about a school district in a city that was 80% black, but only 20% of the students in the magnet program were black,” said a superintendent, one of the summit attendees.

Eubanks said access to programs at all levels is important for students. You have to be able to support people. Often you have to teach in a different way. “

He added: In exactly the same way those students will never see success. “

According to Eubanks, instruction to date has assumed that some students will be able to address the content of the curriculum, while others will not. Teaching now focuses on finding ways to present the same material in different ways.

“Most of our students are fully capable of achieving high levels with the right support,” says Eubanks.