Heartbeat of the Community: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Rural Schools

Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers in rural districts is a persistent struggle in the United States.  This program includes research on teacher recruitment and retention across the country, and specifically in rural Michigan, and the actions that state and local education leaders are taking to recruit and retain teachers.

Featured programs include the Central Michigan University teacher education program and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Teacher Academy.

This documentary was produced with guidance from the REL Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation, a group created to increase the Midwest region’s capacity to access, conduct, interpret, and make sense of teacher preparation data and support the use of teacher preparation research in decisionmaking at the state and local levels.

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