Staples, Minn.,
17:37 PM

Rebuilding a Rural Teacher Workforce

Forty-seven teaching candidates attend Sourcewell Education Job Fair

Rebuilding the teacher workforce in rural Minnesota will take many years and needs to be very strategic. The Central Minnesota Education Job Fair is just one strategy that Sourcewell is developing, in partnership with our Region 5 school districts, to attract high quality teacher candidates to our region.

On April 3, forty-seven potential teacher candidates attended the Education Job Fair held at Sourcewell where 18 of our 25 Region 5 school districts participated in this first-of-its-kind event in Staples.

According to event organizer and Sourcewell Teacher Recruitment Specialist Mary Klamm, participants came from Bemidji State University, St. Cloud State University, Concordia College-Moorhead, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Scholastica, College of St. Benedict, and St. John's University. Some of the attendees will be student teaching next fall or spring.

The Job Fair portion of the event ran from 5-7 p.m. However, potential teacher candidates had the option to attend professional development sessions earlier in the day, including Google Classroom, Virtual Reality in Education, Techniques for a Successful Job Interview, and ENVoY - a series of classroom management techniques.

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with more than 325 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.