Anyone graduating with a degree in education can go just about anywhere they want. There are more job openings for teachers than candidates to fill them. In fact, a recent job fair at Northern Michigan University drew officials from Alaska school districts looking for teachers. Such competition requires school districts to go beyond salaries and offer other incentives. Southern Door School District Superintendent Patricia Vickman says her district sells the benefits of working in a smaller school system and opportunities not found anywhere else.
Washington Island School Principal Michelle Kanipes says her district promotes quality of life options that can be found in a unique location.
Kanipes says with so many job opportunities graduates are not making a commitment to one employer for life. So school districts need to sell themselves as attractive places to teach.