Using Video to Improve Teacher Retention and Recruitment
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By utilizing the Teaching Channel Platform in her professional development program, superintendent, Dr. Kandace Bethea has raised her teacher retention rate for Marion County Public Schools.
Featuring Dr. Kandace Bethea, Superintendent of Marion County School District in South Carolina
Obstacle: Effective Teacher Retention and Recruitment
Maintain an effective instructional coaching program that provides the necessary support for our current educators and attracts new, qualified educators to the district.
Marion County School District is rural with low income and high unemployment compared to neighboring communities. This makes finding and retaining qualified educators challenging. We’ve found the needs of our teachers are far greater than the personnel we have available and there is simply not enough time in the day for our administrators to visit each and every classroom regularly. If our teachers are not feeling supported they don’t stick around, so effectively retaining and recruiting teachers has been a huge obstacle in Marion County.
Solution: Video For Teacher Observation and Peer Feedback
Superintendent, Dr. Kandace Bethea, uses video via the Teaching Channel Platform to provide her teachers the support they need to develop as educators.
Efficiently supporting our educators and facilitating their growth is important to maintaining the progressive school environment we’re working towards. By implementing the platform we are now able to provide flexibility to our educators that supports their growth, whether that be through PLC collaboration, self-reflection or peer-to-peer feedback. Our administrators can’t be everywhere at once, but through the use of video with the platform, they can observe teachers and provide feedback on their own time, without having to be in their classrooms. The video clips work as a common piece of evidence for both the teacher and observer to review, which has been key to teacher growth. This new structure is encouraging reflection rather than compliance, which is a must when it comes to harboring the school environment educators are seeking.
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Impact: Improved Educator Training, Retention, & Recruitment
As ed leaders, we know one of the key components for transforming a district or classroom is reflecting upon what’s going well and what isn’t going so well, with the Teaching Channel platform we are now able to do that in Marion County every single day.
The reflective practices that come with the platform will continue to develop our instructional program for years to come. When teachers feel supported in their roles, it increases their chances of staying in our system and growing with our team. It’s also important to note, the platform isn’t only positively influencing our teachers, but all of our educators. Our ed leaders are also using the tool for self-reflection and peer-to-peer feedback, it’s providing support for all of us.