Initiatives to recruit and retain teachers in Florida school districts

Bay County

Bonus program for teachers in critical shortage fields:  “The district offers one-time bonuses of $5,000 for new hires who have certification in a critical shortage field, and a $1,000 bonus for current teachers who obtain a certificate in a critical shortage area.” News-Herald, March 10, 2017


Bay County physics teachers during a summer 2016 workshop

Duval County

Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program:  “Accepted grad students train under a mentor to specifically teach math and science to the economically-challenged students in Duval County Public Schools. The fellowship starts this summer and lasts a year.
During that year, the students earn a $20,000 living stipend and when they graduate and are hired into a teaching position at one of the Duval County Public Schools. They receive an additional $10,000 salary supplement a year for their first four years of teaching.”  UNF Spinnaker, April 25, 2017  Also, see this essay by participant and FSU physics grad Connor Oswald.


Jacksonville Teaching Resident Connor Oswald

Manatee School of the Arts

“This school is offering $3,000 signing bonuses to teach middle school math. And it only wants the best.”:  “The charter school has cast a wide net as it searches for two new sixth grade math openings, sending recruiting letters to the most highly rated math teachers in school districts across the state, touting higher-than-expected salaries and offering signing bonuses up to $3,000.”  Bradenton Herald, June 28, 2017

Orange County

Carver Middle School bonus program:  “Experienced teachers can earn extra pay totaling $70,000 over the next three years as part of a district effort to lure them to struggling Carver Middle School.  The district already has received more than 100 applications from teachers who want to work at F-rated Carver next year — an “unheard-of” number, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said Friday.”  Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 2017