Amid Statewide Shortage, Great Public Schools Now Announces Grant to Recruit Teachers for Hard-to-Staff Positions

May 2nd, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) announced today that it will award up to $250,000 in grants to help educational organizations recruit teachers for hard-to-staff positions.

“Now is the time when schools can use extra resources to hire the best and brightest candidates. Supporting innovative recruitment strategies to assist schools and school networks to finish the hiring season strong will ensure students have a great teacher when they start school in August,” said Eric DeSobe, Director of Talent for GPSN.

The grants will range between $5,000 and $30,000 and will be given to high-quality public schools to recruit teachers to positions for math, science, SPED, and other hard-to-staff positions.  Research shows a great teacher generates five to six more months of student learning than a poor performer.

Grants will go to campuses where no fewer than 25% of students reached proficiency levels and the school as a whole performed significantly better in math and English than surrounding schools with similar demographics. Eligible schools must also enroll special education students and English language learners at rates comparable to district schools as a whole.

The grants are meant to supplement recruitment efforts that are already underway.

Recruiting and supporting teachers is one of GPSN’s highest priorities. According to a recent study by the non-profit Learning Policy Institute, 75% of California school districts reported having a teacher shortage for this school year.

All publically funded schools that meet the program criteria are welcome to apply, including L.A. Unified and charter campuses.

The deadline for applications is May 12, 2017 and winners will be announced later this month.

GPSN is also seeking ideas for future collaborations and will be holding a town hall forum to discuss education in East Los Angeles in early June.

To download a copy of the RFP, click here.

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Jason Song
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