On Hiring Millennial Educators
For the past three summers, I have had the honor of teaching a one-credit course on Technology Integration for Whitworth University’s MIT program (EDM535). This two-day intensive course gives incredible insights into what the next generation of educator is looking for in districts and schools. This year was as illuminating as the previous two.
This year one of the course assignments was to create a video reflection. The topic? What are you looking for in the schools you’d consider teaching at?
Seeing that we’re in the midst of a teacher shortage, these soon-to-be educators have a lot of power in deciding where they want to teach. As I watched the 44 video reflections, four recurring themes came through loud and clear:
In light of these themes, how does your school measure up?
- Where on the school or district website, or in the recruiting material, do we talk about teaching communities and how we support them?
- Where on the website, or in the recruiting materials, do we talk about the devices that both students and teachers have access to?
- Do we have a mentorship program? How do we best explain it to others?
- Where do we highlight bios of our school leaders? Where can a potential educator go to find out more about the Principal? Do leaders have a complete LinkedIn page, or maybe a YouTube channel? A Twitter account? Teachers-to-be need more than the “Principal’s Welcome” section of the website.
Over the next few blog posts, I’ll try and break down these four key factors that millennial educators are looking for in schools.
I don’t think that these four things are necessarily new, however, the way they’re viewed by this generation has changed. Because of that, we too must change how we view these components of a school to fit 2016 and beyond.
What else would you add to this exploratory list?
Do you think millennial educators are looking for something other than this?
Please share your constructive comments and thoughts: everyone stands to improve by them.