Strategies for Recruiting a Teacher-in-Residence
Finding a Master Teacher with the expertise you need at a particular time and then convincing him or her to leave the classroom for a year or more can be a challenging and time-intensive process. Universities have found excellent TIRs in many different places.
Organize a professional learning community or teacher advisory group. Developing a community of teachers around your institution will give you the connections you need to find good candidates.
Look for a TIR among people already involved with your institution. Look to successful completers of your program or participants in workshops or summer institutes you have offered. Other candidates are those who work as adjuncts or in grant-funded positions at your university.
Have your TIR mentor his or her replacement. School districts and principals are often, and understandably, reluctant to release a Master Teacher for a year. Your TIR can mitigate this to some extent by working with his or her replacement to make that teacher as effective as possible.
If you will be using a one- or two-year cycle, rather than a permanent position, use your current TIR to recruit your next one. Master teachers usually have lots of contacts in the local physics teacher community, and may be able to suggest some good candidates.
Get to know your school district. Make sure to develop the proper relationships to facilitate the TIR hiring process. This can also help your TIR avoid losing status within his or her school if he/she returns after working at your university. Also, make sure the school district is getting something in return for lending you an experienced teacher.
Don't forget the conventional recruiting strategies. Website job postings, mailings, and good old word of mouth are all effective TIR recruiting strategies.
Among the people who can identify good TIRs are your children.