Recruiters from South Carolina’s public-school districts hope to fill their own and anticipated teacher vacancies at this year’s South Carolina Teacher Expo. The Expo, a one-day teacher job fair sponsored by the Center for Education recruitment, retention, and advancement CERRA, will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia.
The Expo attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation and offers them an opportunity to network with recruiters from South Carolina’s public-school districts. The recruiters look for outstanding candidates to fill teaching vacancies in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.
The Expo is one part of a continuum of programs and services offered by CERRA designed to improve teacher recruitment, retention, and advancement in South Carolina.
CERRA’s Supply and Demand Report, released in December 2019, found that there continues to be a teacher shortage in the state. According to the report, more than 6,650 South Carolina teachers from the previous school year did not return to teaching position in the same district the following year. This has left many districts with vacancies that they hope to fill with qualified candidates. Many of the vacancies exist in critical subject areas such as special education, mathematics, and science. Participation in the Expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative certification program in South Carolina.
For more details and registration information, visit http://www.cerra.org/teacher – expo.html
Our Greenville County School Board will be sending representatives to the recruitment event in Columbia. Cindy Wade, assistant principal, Lakeview Middle School and Dr. Adrian Davenport, principal, at Bryson Middle School will be attending.
According to Ken Ellis, a Greenville recruitment specialist, “Our Human Resources team is dedicated to advancing student achievement by recruiting and employing the highest quality teachers for Greenville County Schools and to serve those with whom we work. In our effort to continue to recruit high quality teachers, Greenville County Schools participate in the South Carolina Teacher Expo each year in order to maintain our strong relationships with the teacher candidates that graduate from the various teacher preparation programs within the State of South Carolina.”