Outside the limelight, rural schools face challenges in finding, and keeping, teachers

CREDIT: FERMIN LEAL/EDSOURCE TODAYA rural school bus heads out to a campus to pick up students.Walking through the hallways of Tranquility Elementary School, Principal Matt Kinnunen regularly pokes his head into classrooms to check on his teachers, especially the newer ones.
He asks about their day, assists them with student lessons and offers advice. It’s part of a routine to help them feel valued and supported. And maybe that will keep a few from leaving the small, rural campus in California’s Central Valley, a region hit especially hard by the state’s ongoing teacher shortage.
Kinnunen’s school is one of six that make up Golden Plains Unified, a 1,770-student district 40 miles west of Fresno that spreads across three tiny towns and 16,600 acres of mostly almond, raisin and cotton farms.
For the past few years, Golden Plains’ schools have struggled to recruit and retain teachers – and it’s only getting worse. This reflects a challenge that many rural districts are experiencing. For a range of reasons, include their remoteness, their generally small size and a lack of media coverage, teacher shortages in rural districts have received far less attention than those in inner-city schools. The state’s Department of Education also doesn’t have a system for identifying whether districts are rural, urban or suburban, at least in part because more often than not, a district doesn’t fit neatly into one of those categories.

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Currently, 12 of the 84 Golden Plains Unified teachers have either intern credentials or permits, meaning they haven’t finished teacher preparation programs but were hired because of the district’s limited options.
Kinnunen, overseeing the campus in the town of Tranquility, the size of six square blocks with 800 residents, knows the problem well. Two new teachers he hired this summer quit before the first day of classes after they received better last-minute offers elsewhere.
“It’s difficult to attract and keep teachers when they’re pulled and poached away,” Tranquility Elementary Principal Matt Kinnunen said.
To cover the classes, administrators assigned four intern or permit teachers. That represents one-third of Tranquility’s entire teaching staff.
Meanwhile, two veteran teachers have already told him they’re leaving at the end of the school year for jobs in more urban areas closer to their homes. And he still doesn’t know whether another might retire.
“It’s difficult to attract and keep teachers when they’re pulled and poached away,” he said.

Many candidates either reject a job at Golden Plains because they can more easily find work in more urban districts, or they accept a job in the district, then leave after a year or two for districts with better pay or benefits.
“It’s become tougher to develop a consistency of teachers for our students,” said Kinnunen, who grew up in the nearby town of San Joaquin, the son of an alfalfa and wheat farmer.
Help wanted
Golden Plains Unified resembles many rural districts across California struggling with a shortage of qualified teachers, resulting in high rates of underprepared teachers and plenty of vacancies.
Four of the six Golden Plains Unified campuses border sprawling farms that stretch to the horizon. The district’s students are mostly poor and learning English. They live predominantly in the towns of Tranquility, San Joaquin and Helm. The two-lane roads that traverse through the region primarily carry pick-up trucks, tractors and other farm equipment, but don’t have a single traffic light. Packing houses, silos and mills far outnumber restaurants and markets.
CREDIT: FERMIN LEAL/EDSOURCE TODAYTranquility Elementary Principal Matt Kinnunen fills in for a teacher during a math lesson.And following several years of the state’s unforgiving drought, dozens of businesses have shuttered, leaving behind empty storefronts and vacant lots. This has caused a surge in families moving around the Central Valley in search of steady work. These factors add more layers to the already tough task of bringing in new teachers.
“Because of our population and our isolation, we used to look for a special type of teacher who could work well in this type of environment,” said Maria Bustos-Flores, director of human resources at Golden Plains Unified.
“We looked for those with incredible patience, with a talent for bringing out the best from students who don’t always have the same opportunities,” she said. “Bilingual teachers were also at the top of our list.”
But now, Golden Plains Unified has trouble finding any type of teacher. Recruiters from the district have spent much of the winter and spring visiting teaching colleges statewide, combing through online job boards, such as EdJoin, and attending regional job fairs, where they set up tables alongside dozens of other districts, who are also starved for new teachers.
“We’ve been recruiting for weeks for next school year and found that most fully credentialed candidates already found jobs elsewhere,” Bustos-Flores said.
That’s forced the district to rely more heavily on hiring intern teachers and those with short-term permits to ensure every classroom is staffed.
Intern teachers are those who get limited training during the summer preceding the school year, and then begin teaching while they work to get their full credential by taking night and weekend classes. Permits can be issued to substitute teachers who don’t need a credential for up to 90 days in order to fill a temporary staffing vacancy. Permit teachers often have just started, or often haven’t begun, teacher training programs. These permits can be renewed after 90 days if the district has yet to hire a fully credentialed replacement. Waivers are given to teachers who are credentialed in one subject, but are assigned to teach another. Golden Plains has no teachers with waivers.
The trend is not unique to Golden Plains. In fact, California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing issued more than 10,000 permits, waivers and intern credentials last year, double what it did in 2014. Although these teachers still comprise a tiny proportion of the more than 300,000 teachers in California, the fact that their numbers are increasing has raised concerns among educators and researchers.
Note: Golden Plains Unified has no teachers with waivers.               Source: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 
“The most recent evidence shows that… substandard credentials and permits are rapidly increasing,” according to a report released in February by the Learning Policy Institute, a Palo Alto-based research and policy organization. The institute has issued a series of reports and policy briefs for over a year chronicling school districts’ struggle to recruit and retain enough teachers to fill all vacancies.
“There are thousands of students today in classrooms with teachers who are wholly unprepared. Schools in urban and rural areas or with low-income, high-minority, and/or high-English learner student populations may continue to struggle to find qualified teachers,” according to the report.
Golden Plains ranks among the top 100 districts out of the more than 1,000 statewide for the rate of permits and intern credentials based on student enrollment, according to state commission data.
Everyone pitching in
For Golden Plain’s veteran teachers, principals and other staff, working with so many underprepared teachers often means additional work for them.
Kinnunen, the Tranquility principal, said that more than halfway through the school year, his four intern and permit teachers now run their classrooms as efficiently as their veteran peers. But he credits his entire staff for helping them get up to speed.
At the start of the school year, the principal spent much of the school day working with veteran teachers as they mentored those with temporary credentials. They helped them build lessons and offered guidance for how to lead a classroom.
“Veteran teachers have to buy into this because it means extra work on top of their normal class loads,” he said.
Sixth-grade teacher Maria Teresa Fernandez is the veteran Kinnunen often turns to. Fernandez, a Mexican-born immigrant who moved to the country at the age of 11, joined Golden Plains Unified six years ago as a kindergarten teacher.
“It is really hard to see (newer) teachers leave my district after the first year or sometimes after a couple of months,” said Fernandez, who commutes to work from Fresno. “This is heartbreaking for the students because they have to go through the change constantly.”
CREDIT: FERMIN LEAL/EDSOURCE TODAYMaria Teresa Fernandez, a teacher at Tranquility Elementary in the Central Valley, leads her students in a lesson.“The most rewarding experience I get working in Tranquility is the connection I have with the community,” said Fernandez, a bilingual teacher. “If other teachers build the same connection, then they’re less likely to leave.”
Unique challenges for hiring, retaining teachers
Phoua Vang, a 5th-grade teacher, arrived at San Joaquin Elementary three years ago with an intern credential.
The resident of Clovis, a suburb of Fresno, decided to stay at Golden Plains Unified after she completed her training program because she enjoyed working at a small district and school where all the teachers knew each other, allowing for constant sharing of ideas and best practices.
But a few weeks ago, Vang told her principal that her husband’s job is pulling them away at the end of the year to the city of Modesto, about 150 miles away. Vang later decided to stay at Tranquility through the end of next year.
“It wasn’t a decision based on anything having to do with the district,” she said. “I like my job. I love my students. But for my family, there are better opportunities in more urban communities.”
CREDIT: FERMIN LEAL/EDSOURCE TODAYFifth-grade teacher Phoua Vang helps her students solve a problem during a recent lesson at Tranquility Elementary in the Central Valley.That’s the challenge many rural districts now face amid the state’s teacher shortage, said Desiree Carver-Thomas, a researcher at the Learning Policy Institute. The institute has concluded that the teacher shortage is the most severe among rural and inner-city districts. By subject, the institute has found that special education, math, science and bilingual education have the highest demand.
Rural districts have traditionally struggled to compete for teachers with many urban and suburban districts. But following the recession, when thousands of teachers statewide left the profession and fewer students entered teacher training programs, rural districts’ ability to attract candidates sunk even further.
Rural districts tend to have fewer preparation and mentoring programs to help them recruit and retain teachers because their campuses are smaller and more isolated not only from other districts, but also from sister schools within the same district, Carver-Thomas said. That often prevents rural districts from pooling resources, she said. By comparison, districts that employ hundreds or thousands of teachers located in more urban areas can more easily share resources.
Lower starting salaries in rural districts also help syphon candidates away to larger, more urban districts, Carver-Thomas said.
Urban districts generally have to offer higher salaries because of the higher cost of living in those communities. At Golden Plains Unified, the starting teacher salary is currently $40,253, which is comparable to other neighboring rural districts. But it lags behind the $45,000 starting salary at the Fresno Unified School District, part of a region of about 1 million residents, where most of the Golden Plains Unified teachers live.
The district is also losing teachers to retirement faster than it can hire replacements. Sixteen teachers retired last school year, and officials expect just as many this school year. Statewide high retirement rates are outpacing the rates of people entering the profession, with an estimated 25 percent of the state’s teaching workforce expected to retire between 2014 and 2024, according to an October report from the research institute Regional Education Laboratory West at WestEd.
Growing a workforce
Next year, Golden Plains will increase a signing bonus initiative to help encourage more teaching candidates to choose the district.
This school year, all new teachers received a $3,000 signing bonus. For 2017-18, bilingual teachers hired by the district will receive $7,300, while all other new hires will receive $5,000.
“The bonuses can make some difference, but it’s not a long-term solution,” said Bustos-Flores, the district’s director of Human Resources.
The district has also put a stronger focus on growing its workforce from within, by encouraging its students to choose teaching as a profession, then return to the community after they earn their credential.
Officials have discussed forming a teacher career pathway, a high school program that blends academics with hands-on work experience to prepare students for careers as teachers.
In the meantime, teachers, principals and counselors point to success stories of local Golden Plains Unified graduates who now work at the district.
They include Kinnunen, the Tranquility principal, who worked as a chemical salesman after earning an agriculture degree at Fresno State.
“I worked hard for three months, but I felt empty,” he said.
He sought advice from his mother, a Golden Plains Unified teacher then, and began substitute teaching before he earned his credential, then spent eight years in the classroom at San Joaquin Elementary.
CREDIT: FERMIN LEAL/EDSOURCE TODAYSalvador Gomez, a teacher with a temporary credential, answers a student’s question during a recent lesson.Salvador Gomez, a 7th-grade permit teacher at Tranquility, grew up five minutes from campus.
“When I watch these kids, it’s like I’m watching myself at that age,” he said.
Gomez, the son of immigrant farmworkers, proudly wears his blue-and-yellow “Tranquility Tigers Alumni” T-shirt to class at least once a week.
“By working here, I feel like I’m giving something back to the school that did so much for me as a child,” he said. “Maybe I can serve as inspiration to one or two of my students who might someday decide they want to become Golden Plains teachers too.”
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Elementary300109700.27San BernardinoAlta Loma Elementary01059060.17San BernardinoApple Valley Unified8160142381.69San BernardinoBarstow Unified712060243.15San BernardinoBear Valley Unified10022960.44San BernardinoCentral Elementary10046820.21San BernardinoChaffey Joint Union High110243610.08San BernardinoChino Valley Unified420293140.20San BernardinoColton Joint Unified1100232880.47San BernardinoEtiwanda Elementary380138660.79San BernardinoFontana Unified1021387420.34San BernardinoHesperia Unified28231239882.17San BernardinoLucerne Valley Unified03023461.28San BernardinoMorongo Unified3130102651.56San BernardinoOntario-Montclair420219520.27San BernardinoOro Grande Elementary61037111.89San BernardinoRedlands Unified200212640.09San BernardinoRialto Unified930259940.46San BernardinoRim of the World Unified31036081.11San BernardinoSan Bernardino City Unified36150533030.96San BernardinoSan Bernardino County Office of Education35128723.13San BernardinoSilver Valley Unified15021042.85San BernardinoSnowline Joint Unified59077981.80San BernardinoTrona Joint Unified1102557.84San BernardinoUpland Unified740111380.99San BernardinoVictor Elementary15150123062.44San BernardinoVictor Valley Union High11161138122.03San BernardinoYucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified52098890.71San DiegoAlpine Union Elementary11017071.17San DiegoBonsall Unified10029590.34San DiegoBorrego Springs Unified0207722.59San DiegoCardiff Elementary1107302.74San DiegoChula Vista Elementary891302300.60San DiegoEscondido Union High200195670.10San DiegoFallbrook Union Elementary04050560.79San DiegoFallbrook Union High12023121.30San DiegoGrossmont Union High670218600.59San DiegoLa Mesa-Spring Valley240121970.49San DiegoLakeside Union Elementary05065660.76San DiegoMountain Empire Unified13028311.41San DiegoNational Elementary10060500.17San DiegoOceanside Unified3140210240.81San DiegoPoway Unified410357710.14San DiegoRamona City Unified01055930.18San DiegoSan Diego County Office of Education30034860.86San DiegoSan Diego Unified5323501293802.23San DiegoSan Dieguito Union High100127260.08San DiegoSan Marcos Unified4170208131.01San DiegoSan Ysidro Elementary45048081.87San DiegoSouth Bay Union01027360.37San DiegoSweetwater Union High30550410502.07San DiegoValley Center-Pauma Unified24040871.47San DiegoVista Unified330252440.24San DiegoWarner Unified01011450.87San FranciscoSan Francisco Unified6121716588654.99San JoaquinBanta Elementary10012020.83San JoaquinEscalon Unified20028350.71San JoaquinJefferson Elementary02094920.21San JoaquinLincoln Unified2218092984.30San JoaquinLinden Unified43022233.15San JoaquinLodi Unified3490303951.41San JoaquinManteca Unified24222232042.07San JoaquinNew Jerusalem Elementary76050152.59San JoaquinRipon Unified40039601.01San JoaquinSan Joaquin County Office of Education14271358511.72San JoaquinStockton Unified51800403243.25San JoaquinTracy Joint Unified10220167021.92San Luis ObispoAtascadero Unified21047010.64San Luis ObispoLucia Mar Unified2140107041.49San Luis ObispoPaso Robles Joint Unified24067140.89San Luis ObispoSan Luis Coastal Unified02076380.26San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo County Office of Education0404778.39San MateoBayshore Elementary1203867.77San MateoBurlingame Elementary20033530.60San MateoJefferson Elementary33071370.84San MateoJefferson Union High73049262.03San MateoLa Honda-Pescadero Unified0103293.04San MateoLas Lomitas Elementary01013820.72San MateoMenlo Park City Elementary17029432.72San MateoMillbrae Elementary33024312.47San MateoPacifica03032050.94San MateoRavenswood City Elementary21040580.74San MateoRedwood City Elementary423191013.08San MateoSan Carlos Elementary24035241.70San MateoSan Mateo County Office of Education14030816.23San MateoSan Mateo Union High43086260.81San MateoSan Mateo-Foster City500119770.42San MateoSequoia Union High45097620.92San MateoSouth San Francisco Unified810189412.13San MateoWoodside Elementary0204094.89Santa BarbaraBlochman Union Elementary02012421.61Santa BarbaraBuellton Union Elementary0506128.17Santa BarbaraCarpinteria Unified03022271.35Santa BarbaraHope Elementary01012490.80Santa BarbaraLompoc Unified2141102151.66Santa BarbaraLos Olivos Elementary0101725.81Santa BarbaraOrcutt Union Elementary25052661.33Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara County Office of Education06027621.74Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Unified1100154530.71Santa BarbaraSanta Maria Joint Union High08079001.01Santa BarbaraSanta Maria-Bonita050165840.30Santa BarbaraSanta Ynez Valley Union High0209972.01Santa ClaraAlum Rock Union Elementary17160120682.73Santa ClaraBerryessa Union Elementary40074520.54Santa ClaraCampbell Union High11076760.26Santa ClaraCupertino Union3120189480.79Santa ClaraEast Side Union High14341266841.84Santa ClaraEvergreen Elementary120122820.24Santa ClaraFranklin-McKinley Elementary130111140.36Santa ClaraFremont Union High910107360.93Santa ClaraGilroy Unified8140118521.86Santa ClaraLos Altos Elementary42046381.29Santa ClaraMilpitas Unified560102911.07Santa ClaraMorgan Hill Unified713091352.19Santa ClaraMountain View Whisman25050841.38Santa ClaraMountain View-Los Altos Union High31040280.99Santa ClaraOak Grove Elementary540106320.85Santa ClaraPalo Alto Unified740124850.88Santa ClaraSan Jose Unified18360324541.66Santa ClaraSanta Clara County Office of Education9190107952.59Santa ClaraSanta Clara Unified6100153881.04Santa ClaraSunnyvale53066401.20Santa ClaraUnion Elementary44056921.41Santa CruzLive Oak Elementary03021061.42Santa CruzPajaro Valley Unified14160203541.47Santa CruzSan Lorenzo Valley Unified01046440.22Santa CruzSanta Cruz City Elementary20022940.87Santa CruzSanta Cruz City High35046431.72Santa CruzSanta Cruz County Office of Education11013521.48Santa CruzScotts Valley Unified21025451.18Santa CruzSoquel Union Elementary02019791.01ShastaAnderson Union High11018441.08ShastaBella Vista Elementary1203518.55ShastaBlack Butte Union Elementary0102014.98ShastaCascade Union Elementary36011038.16ShastaCastle Rock Union Elementary0105817.24ShastaColumbia Elementary0307553.97ShastaCottonwood Union Elementary05010974.56ShastaEnterprise Elementary18036782.45ShastaFall River Joint Unified12011842.53ShastaGateway Unified05034291.46ShastaGrant Elementary0106141.63ShastaHappy Valley Union Elementary0105012.00ShastaJunction Elementary0103043.29ShastaNorth Cow Creek Elementary0202388.40ShastaOak Run Elementary0208224.39ShastaPacheco Union Elementary1005981.67ShastaRedding Elementary06033451.79ShastaShasta County Office of Education1206414.68ShastaShasta Union High11056720.35SierraSierra-Plumas Joint Unified0203815.25SiskiyouButte Valley Unified13029913.38SiskiyouDelphic Elementary0104621.74SiskiyouGrenada Elementary0101815.52SiskiyouLittle Shasta Elementary0106166.67SiskiyouMontague Elementary0101915.24SiskiyouScott Valley Unified1106473.09SiskiyouSiskiyou County Office of Education1305047.94SiskiyouSiskiyou Union High1205995.01SiskiyouWeed Union Elementary0202418.30SiskiyouYreka Union Elementary0109621.04SiskiyouYreka Union High1016453.10SolanoBenicia Unified11149470.61SolanoDixon Unified23037461.33SolanoFairfield-Suisun Unified12442215542.69SolanoSolano County Office of Education111048824.59SolanoTravis Unified33053951.11SolanoVacaville Unified4120128411.25SolanoVallejo City Unified12305147363.19SonomaBennett Valley Union Elementary01010350.97SonomaCloverdale Unified24013964.30SonomaCotati-Rohnert Park Unified73063721.57SonomaHealdsburg Unified11016741.19SonomaLiberty Elementary10013390.75SonomaPetaluma City Elementary21024521.22SonomaPetaluma Joint Union High30053370.56SonomaPiner-Olivet Union Elementary10014150.71SonomaSanta Rosa Elementary10054220.18SonomaSanta Rosa High690112951.33SonomaSonoma County Office of Education2406159.76SonomaSonoma Valley Unified48046102.60SonomaWest Sonoma County Union High01020150.50SonomaWindsor Unified12053490.56StanislausCeres Unified9140142691.61StanislausDenair Unified14012763.92StanislausEmpire Union Elementary35030492.62StanislausHart-Ransom Union Elementary11011421.75StanislausModesto City Elementary3120152720.98StanislausModesto City High2120151000.93StanislausNewman-Crows Landing Unified38029403.74StanislausOakdale Joint Unified27053001.70StanislausPatterson Joint Unified116060312.82StanislausRiverbank Unified58028544.56StanislausSalida Union Elementary11025020.80StanislausStanislaus County Office of Education610023326.86StanislausStanislaus Union Elementary43034052.06StanislausSylvan Union Elementary106084841.89StanislausTurlock Unified680140910.99StanislausValley Home Joint Elementary0101476.80StanislausWaterford Unified31038771.03SutterLive Oak Unified20018101.10SutterMeridian Elementary10010320.97SutterSutter County Office of Education14043511.49SutterWinship-Robbins02017311.56SutterYuba City Unified670133740.97TehamaAntelope Elementary0207582.64TehamaCorning Union Elementary02020740.96TehamaCorning Union High1209243.25TehamaGerber Union Elementary1004152.41TehamaLos Molinos Unified0105741.74TehamaRed Bluff Union Elementary32021782.30TrinityMountain Valley Unified1002753.64TrinityTrinity Alps Unified1106762.96TulareAllensworth Elementary0108611.63TulareAlpaugh Unified2407408.11TulareAlta Vista Elementary0205723.50TulareBurton Elementary1623244709.17TulareColumbine Elementary0101965.10TulareCutler-Orosi Joint Unified714040955.13TulareDinuba Unified620366384.37TulareDucor Union Elementary03015818.99TulareEarlimart Elementary19119615.61TulareExeter Unified410028864.85TulareFarmersville Unified02025800.78TulareHope Elementary12012492.40TulareLiberty Elementary33013394.48TulareLindsay Unified97142374.01TulareMonson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary0104512.22TulareOak Valley Union Elementary1005581.79TularePalo Verde Union Elementary0205363.73TularePixley Union Elementary28011099.02TularePleasant View Elementary28048620.58TularePorterville Unified20321141093.76TulareRichgrove Elementary1106513.07TulareRockford Elementary18037024.32TulareSequoia Union Elementary1003103.23TulareStone Corral Elementary1106643.01TulareStrathmore Union Elementary0108411.19TulareSundale Union Elementary1108122.46TulareSunnyside Union Elementary1103485.75TulareTerra Bella Union Elementary1109232.17TulareThree Rivers Union Elementary1001436.99TulareTulare County Office of Education98126526.79TulareTulare Joint Union High52053581.31TulareVisalia Unified41675285463.96TulareWaukena Joint Union Elementary0202398.37TulareWoodlake Unified611127726.49TuolumneBig Oak Flat-Groveland Unified0103053.28TuolumneCurtis Creek Elementary2104626.49TuolumneJamestown Elementary0104422.26TuolumneSonora Union High02010361.93TuolumneSoulsbyville Elementary1005012.00TuolumneSummerville Elementary1004032.48VenturaBriggs Elementary0105751.74VenturaConejo Valley Unified151193650.36VenturaFillmore Unified10037570.27VenturaHueneme Elementary21084580.35VenturaMoorpark Unified13065990.61VenturaOak Park Unified01046380.22VenturaOjai Unified17126393.41VenturaOxnard Union High3181172711.27VenturaRio Elementary03050260.60VenturaSanta Paula Unified43055571.26VenturaSimi Valley Unified150172230.35VenturaVentura County Office of Education54031002.90VenturaVentura Unified5100171250.88YoloDavis Joint Unified22185620.58YoloEsparto Unified0109711.03YoloWashington Unified240110120.54YoloWinters Joint Unified10015250.66YoloWoodland Joint Unified5150101371.97YoloYolo County Office of Education36051917.34YubaMarysville Joint Unified25098040.71YubaWheatland Union High1007101.41YubaYuba County Office of Education57059520.17YubaYuba County Office of Education57059520.17Source: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing / EdSourceEdSource’s trusted, in-depth reporting has never mattered more.

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