Cleveland TN City Schools placing bets on online teacher recruitment

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS Dr. Russell Dyer listens to a report during the Cleveland City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday.

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS Dr. Russell Dyer listens to a report during the Cleveland City Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday. BANNER PHOTO, KAITLIN GEBBY

By KAITLIN GEBBY

Teacher recruitment will be “mostly online” for the coming year at Cleveland City Schools, Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer said.

In an update to the five-year strategic plan, Dyer presented adjustments to the “engaged workforce” section of the school district’s long-term mission that was approved in May. This section of the plan aims to add more diversity to the Cleveland City Schools staff, especially among faculty members.

Dyer’s report came Monday night during a Cleveland Board of Education meeting.

Highlighted objectives outlined in the plan for this year include creating a staff diversity advisory committee, changing recruiting and documentation to engage more minority candidates, and increase social media use for recruitment.

Dyer said recruitment of new teachers will be done largely online this year, both because of the pandemic and also because that method allows the district to reach more individuals and a more diverse pool of candidates.

He said this past year, “anecdotal evidence” indicates that “more minority candidates were evaluated during the hiring process this year than ever before.”

Dyer also said the district would be “tapping in” to the state job board announced by the Tennessee Department of Education last week to assist with filling substitute teacher positions.

During the meeting, Dyer appealed to any livestream listeners of the meeting in need of a job as a substitute.

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