District 46 Hopes Recruiting Video Will Snare Teachers
Williams, Kendra L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kendra L. Williams Daily Herald Staff Writer
Recruiters for Elgin Area Unit District 46 now have more than sunny smiles and paper-filled pamphlets to persuade college graduates to join its teaching staff.
Dubbed "Illinois School District U-46: Where America Goes to School Every Day," a six-minute videotape portrays students using robotics in computer labs, teachers touting their autonomy and quick shots of the "booming Fox Valley."
It highlights the district's diversity, its proximity to Chicago and its academic strengths. District officials hope it will spark enough interest among potential candidates to warrant a second glance at the district.
"We think this puts us above everybody else and puts us on the cutting edge of recruitment," said Robert Gilliam, assistant superintendent for human resources.
Recruiting time begins in earnest this month and will continue throughout the spring semester, when Gilliam and six other members of his team will travel to 40 universities, Mexico and New York with the video in search of diverse teachers to work in the district's diverse classrooms. …