Tools and Guidance in Times of Teacher and Leader Vacancies, Jim Rademan
WELS schools and early childhood ministries continue to operate, and many are enjoying growth at a time of high school leader and teacher vacancies. How are schools filling their leadership void? How are schools operating while being short a teacher or more? This sectional will provide both tools and guidance for dealing with teacher and leader vacancies. We’ll also look at school conditions where teacher and leader attrition is low and examples of high attrition. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned from the data and steps congregations can take in not only recruitment, but also retention of teachers.
Jim served for thirty-one years as an elementary school teacher and principal in schools ranging from one room to 250 students. Since 2013 he’s served WELS as part of the Commission on Lutheran Schools team. Jim has visited schools in all of our districts and has worked with veteran and aspiring school leaders. He’s also become very familiar with other religious school systems through his accreditation work, and by serving as a board member for the Council on America Private Education.