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DCPS Launches Teacher Recruitment Campaign

3/8/2013, 8:06 p.m.

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) systems is engaged in a new recruitment campaign aimed at attracting the best teachers and principals in the country to the nation's capital.

"We are in the middle of historic change at DCPS and we need the most talented educators in the nation to help us reach the ambitious goals we've set for ourselves and for our students," said DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "We are defying expectations about what an urban school system can achieve, and are looking for the best and the brightest to join us."

As part of the campaign, the school system launched a new recruitment website (www.joindcpublicschools.com) featuring more than 20 professionally-produced videos showcasing top teachers, principals, and central office staff in DCPS.

In addition, the school system has doubled the size of its recruitment team, and is launching the "Capital Commitment Fellowship," a prestigious program for the 50 best teacher recruits of the year.

As DCPS launches this new recruitment campaign, it is also committed to retaining its top educators, particularly as it undergoes a district-wide school consolidation process.

"We will do everything possible to keep our best teachers," said Jason Kamras, chief of the Office of Human Capital. "That means the best pay in the nation, supportive principals, exciting new leadership opportunities and an outstanding curriculum."

DCPS offers teachers the opportunity to earn significantly higher salaries than other school districts. Top teachers, for example, can earn up to $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year.

"We want people who know that education is a game changer. We want people who are willing to deliver on a promise - the promise of a public education," said Henderson. "We treat teachers like the professionals they are, and we reward them accordingly for the outstanding and challenging work they do."

(Source: DCPS)