Attract Qualified Candidates

Market Your District

Expand Outreach to Reach Potential Candidates

Enlist Community Help in Your Recruitment Efforts

Define Your
Ideal Candidate

Craft a Recruitment Message

Strengthen Relationships with Institutions of Higher Education

"Grow Your Own"

Non-Traditional Candidates

Offer Incentives to Attract & Retain Educators



Offer Incentives to Attract and Retain Educators

School districts around the country offer a wide variety of incentives to recruit and retain educators. Incentives range from community-based tokens of appreciation to state and federal initiatives.

The following is a list of potential incentives:

  • Financial Aid, Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Programs
  • Grants and Awards to Recognize and Assist Educators for Special Projects
  • Retention bonuses
  • Pay for performance and market based incentives
  • Relocation assistance
  • Tuition free advanced degree
  • Tuition at state universities and colleges for children of educators
  • Housing subsidies
  • Special bonuses for educator couples
  • Reduced teaching loads, smaller class sizes and additional teaching assistants and supports
  • Housing discounts
  • Tax breaks
  • Bonuses for getting national certification
  • Below-market-rate mortgages
  • Reduced down payments for housing
  • Counseling on home buying
  • Signing bonuses
  • Salary advances
  • Induction with mentoring for new educators
  • Waiver for connection of utilities and/or cable
  • Waiver/reduction for security deposits for apartment
  • No money down home buyers program
  • Free investment & retirement planning
  • Free health, dental & life insurance
  • All teachers assigned a laptop computer
  • Professional development incentive pay
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Priority placement of children in child care centers

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC Schools have put together a package of community and school based incentives for teachers.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC Schools and the Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to create Businesses United for Schools Teacher Appreciation Initiative. See their long list of businesses that offer discounts and specials to teachers.

Henrico County, VA Public Schools has a program to say thank you from area businesses to Henrico County teachers. Teachers are issued a booklet that contains special benefits for full-time classroom teachers .

Ed Week, School Districts Devising New Ways to Offer Teachers Affordable Housing, By Vaishali Honawar, August 9, 2006




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