Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural Districts – A Research Partnership

Jeremy Thompson, Superintendent, Era ISD
J. Young, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Lamar University

This session will present a unique research model in which three doctoral students from Lamar University partnered with Era ISD to conduct their dissertation research to address concerns related to teacher recruitment and retention in the rural district. This research model was of great practical value to both the school district and the doctoral students, and the resulting data will be shared for the benefit of other rural districts.

Minimizing the Impact of Leave-Related Termination

Karen Dooley, HR Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

Exhaustion of leave termination can be problematic if treatment of employees is not fair and consistent. To reduce risk, procedures should be implemented to manage absences. It is important to know and use applicable policies and communicate with employees during the process. Best practices for leave administration will be provided.