Supply and Demand Survey
A Report on the Fall 2015 Supply and Demand Survey
Since 2001, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) has administered the annual Supply and Demand Survey to South Carolina’s public school districts and special schools. Once the information is submitted in the fall of each school year, CERRA compiles a statewide report summarizing data on teacher and administrator positions, hires, vacancies, and departures. This report is made available on our website in January each year.
A Redesign of the South Carolina Mentor Training
South Carolina school districts are required to provide every beginning teacher with a trained mentor to support him/her during induction. In order to become a mentor, one must complete the two-day South Carolina Mentor Training. CERRA, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, recently completed a redesign of this training. This report address the reasons for the redesign, the process in which the redesign occurred, and the components that now make up the new training. The report offers an explanation of the extensive research, data collection, and solid evidence that led to the decision to redesign the mentor training, which now consists of nine modules containing detailed information about mentoring beginning teachers and activities that allow participants to apply new learning in preparation to serve as effective mentors.
Teacher Supply Study Report
In response to FY16 Proviso 1A.78 – Teacher Supply Study – which directed a study be conducted to project the number of additional teachers needed annually in SC public school classrooms for grades K5 through 12, for school years 2016-17 through 2027-28, CERRA and the SC Commission on Higher Education released a report that summarizes the results of that study. Based on the number of teachers expected to be needed compared to the number expected to be available, seven core subject areas are projected to experience a teacher shortage: art, business/marketing/computer technology, mathematics, sciences, social studies, special education, and Spanish. The report also concluded that SC colleges and universities have the willingness and ability to accommodate more teacher candidates. According to the deans of the teacher education programs in these institutions, however, there is a lack of student interest in entering the teaching profession, particularly in the areas projected to have the most significant teacher shortages.
Special Education Mentoring Grant Report
The following report outlines the three-year Special Education Mentoring Grant awarded to the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011. The main purpose of this grant was to develop an advanced training for mentors who work with new special education teachers in South Carolina. The report provides a detailed overview of the grant including its five objectives, data connected to various grant-related activities, and results from the evaluation period which took place during the last year of the grant.
Teaching Fellows Report
The purpose of this report is to highlight one of South Carolina’s most successful teacher recruitment and retention programs. The Teaching Fellows Program (sometimes referred to as “the Program”), managed by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), is a scholarship program available to students who wish to attend college to become a public school teacher in South Carolina. Included in this report are several components related to the Program. The first section contains a description of the Program, particularly focusing on the cohort model and the roles of Campus Directors. Discussed next is the Program’s success related to program completion, service in the classroom, and teacher retention. The following section of the report describes three key elements of the Program – professional development, diversity awareness, and technology in the classroom. Although the Program is committed to addressing more than three elements, these were chosen because they are the most talked about among Fellows.
National Board Certified Teachers' Impact in South Carolina
In March 2008, CERRA surveyed more than 2,000 NBCTs who were teaching in South Carolina at the time. These survey results affirm what other research says about the impact of National Board Certification and provides facts and figures specific to NBCTs in the Palmetto State. The report was published in March 2010.
South Carolina Teacher Turnover Data
Teacher turnover rates are obtained from the Report Cards produced each year by the South Carolina Department of Education. Figures are presented by district and reflect the most recent data available.
South Carolina Teacher Salary Information
Average teacher salary information, by district, is obtained from the Report Cards produced each year by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). Statewide salary information is obtained from the SCDE's Office of Research and Data Analysis. Figures presented reflect the most recent data available.
Race and Gender Statistics of South Carolina Teachers
Demographic data are obtained from the South Carolina Department of Education each year. Figures are presented by district and reflect the most recent data available.
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