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In Colorado, where higher education institutions are not graduating enough candidates to fill open teaching jobs, particularly in specializations such as math, several initiatives are working to improve rural teacher recruitment and retention. Through scholarships, state university partnerships, a multidistrict professional learning community, and strategies for cultivating mentorship, some rural Colorado districts are increasing teachers’ enthusiasm for the profession, which keeps them from leaving.


Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural Colorado



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Rural districts band together, with help from partners and grants, to attract and keep teaching staff.





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