Educator Recruitment Equitable and Inclusive Hiring Practices Guidance Rhode Island, like other states across the nation, is experiencing teacher shortages; recruitment and hiring practices are a critical component in addressing these shortages. Research tells us to prioritize the hiring of a highly qualified, learner-ready, diverse educator workforce. The Equitable and Inclusive Hiring Practice Guidance is a compilation of promising recruitment, hiring, and onboarding practices developed for school and district leaders, HR professionals, and school-based hiring teams. These resources expand on RIDE’s continued focus to improve equity and inclusion throughout Rhode Island public schools. The video below aims to provide a brief overview of the guidance. Download the Guidance Praxis Preparation Program Praxis Preparation Program Free Praxis Prep Program – RIDE is excited to partner with University Instructors to launch a comprehensive Praxis preparation program. The program, worth over $1,000, will be provided free of cost to participants and includes a series of practice tests, webinars, office hours, individualized support, and a self-paced online course. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive an ETS test voucher in their area of study. To share your interest and learn more, please visit this website. For questions related to the program, please contact Andrew Feller or Julia Mann Mentorship Program for Beginning Educators of Color The Rhode Island Department of Education is excited to launch a second cohort for the RIDE Mentorship Program for Beginning Educators of Color. The program, which pairs experienced and novice educators of color, aims to create safe spaces, affirm identities and strengths, create leadership opportunities, and support new educators with instruction. In addition to mentoring sessions, the program consists of mandatory in-person and virtual training modules, communities of practice, and networking events. 2022/23 Cohort 2023/24 Cohort Educate401 The Rhode Island Department of Education launched Educate401.org, an online recruitment and resource hub for current and prospective educators. The website highlights the best of Rhode Island and offers a clear and user-friendly certification roadmap that guides aspiring teachers through the process of becoming certified educators in Rhode Island. From application requirements to professional development opportunities, Educate401 is an invaluable tool for anyone considering a career in education. Educate401 also features a dynamic job board that connects professionals with openings in Rhode Island’s diverse and vibrant educational landscape. The job board offers a wide range of career opportunities in various educational settings. To explore Educate401 and learn more, please visit www.educate401.org.