CSPD Component

V. Recruitment and Retention

Quality Indicator 9: Comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies are based on multiple data sources, and revised as necessary.

Quality Indicator 10: Comprehensive recruitment and retention strategies are being implemented across disciplines.


Online Recruitment Website

Kansas Teaching Jobs 3.0

The Kansas Education Employment Board (KEEB) is a free teacher recruitment service aimed at attracting teachers to Kansas teaching jobs. In addition to advertising up-to-date teaching jobs in Kansas, KEEB allows applicants to apply for positions electronically and provides information on licensure, state sponsored tuition and scholarship programs, and resume assistance. KEEB is supported by the Early Childhood Special Education and Title Services Team of the Kansas Department of Education.  Applicants, including teachers, therapists, administrators, and faculty, have the ability to create their own accounts that school districts and agencies across the state can access.  Employers also create accounts to manage and update their job openings, and search for potential candidates. KEEB also has Facebook and Twitter accounts to connect with prospective job applicants through social media.

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Personnel and employers from Part C, Part B, 619, Head Start, and other Kansas funded preschool opportunities utilize the KEEB online system to advertise and search for positions.  However, some larger districts in suburban areas that easily recruit applicants may choose not to use KEEB.

This online recruitment system keeps applicants accounts active for 2 years.  As of May 2015 there have been approximately 4500 active applicants within the system. Typically from February through May the site hosts 600-1000 job postings.  On average, those applicants who are active, apply for at least 3 positions using KEEB.  Because districts are asked, not required, to report how the position is filled, we have around 250 positions coded as being filled with KEEB each year. The search features of the online system allow one to narrow their search regionally and by job category.

In addition, KEEB sponsors and supports other recruitment and retention strategies including higher education recruitment fairs and interview days.

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Alternative Routes to Certification

See Alternative Pathways to Licensure KSDE

Incentive Programs

TASN TVI and COMS Project »

The Kansas Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (TVI), and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) Preparation and Mentorship Project supports the preparation and mentoring of TVIs and COMS in order to provide effective instruction for students who are blind or visually impaired across the state. The grant is funded as part of the Kansas Technical Assistance Network and is implemented by KSSB staff.  For more information, please contact Dr. Anne Nielsen at 913.305.3041.

Kansas Teachers of the Deaf Master’s Degree Project »

The Kansas School for the Deaf and Kansas Department of Education have partnered with Valdosta State University in Georgia to provide candidates an opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. This grant will fully fund a person to obtain their endorsement as a teacher of the deaf in the state of Kansas. It will also provide the newly certified teacher of the deaf to receive mentoring for up to three years.


Retention Efforts

Kansas Attrition Report 2015 (DOC) »

Mentoring and Induction Guidance (PDF) »

eMentoring Support Program  »

KEEB is partnering with the New Teacher Center to offer eMentoring for Student Success (eMSS) and Explorations to new teachers.  The eMentoring Support Program is a statewide retention effort supported by the KSDE Special Education Services Team.  Early career special educators in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year are matched with veteran mentor teacher that supports their teaching throughout their school year. New teachers with ECU licenses as well as new SLPs, teachers of Visually Impaired, Orientation & Mobility, and Teachers of Deaf/Hearing Impaired have also participated in the program.

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