What is being done to recruit teachers who can work in the dual language program? Are there pathways for current teachers and paraeducators to be able to teach in another language in one of these programs?
In order to recruit teachers to work in the dual language program, the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) has set up a three-pronged approach as follows:
- Minimum 90-day posting on the National Association of Bilingual Education job board
- Minimum 90-day posting on the Diversity in Education job board
- Postings on all local college/universities job boards (University of Maryland, College Park, Towson, Howard, Bowie, Morgan, American, Loyola, and Hopkins)
- Review of candidate applications to identify people who have indicated that they speak Spanish in order to maintain a list of teachers to provide to dual language schools
- Review the language survey current staff recently completed to identify those who are bilingual. These staff members will be contacted and informed about dual language programs to see if there are staff who are interested in teaching at a school with the program. We will encourage staff to apply.
- Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Job Fair – OHRD will focus recruitment efforts on candidates who are bilingual and/or have a world languages degree (beginning of May). Ambassadors would include principal’s at all dual language and/or immersion schools.
- Review of current job fair visits to ensure OHRD is strategic about recruiting at local Hispanic serving institutions
- Diversity in Education Virtual Job Fair; This resource will allow OHRD staff to conduct online interviews with people who attend the virtual job fair from across the United States and other countries.
- MCPS Job Fair – OHRD will focus recruitment efforts on candidates who are bilingual and/or have a world languages degree (beginning of May). Ambassadors would include principal’s at all dual language and/or immersion schools.