• AACPS strives to maintain an inclusive environment that supports the recruitment, retention, and advancement of all employees. Our school system actively engages in efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce. 

    HBCU Recruitment

    In an effort to reach a diverse group of teacher applicants, AACPS routinely visits several Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to recruit potential educators. AACPS recruiters attend job fairs, host information sessions, and conduct workshop presentations at various HBCUs throughout the year.

     

    Diversity Job Fair

    AACPS hosts our annual Teacher Diversity Job Fair in an effort to attract a more diverse pool of educators to our school system. Representatives from all AACPS schools participate in this annual event. Eligible applicants must fall into one of the following categories:

    • Professionally certified educators from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups
    • Professionally certified male educators (focusing in elementary or early childhood education)
    • Educators professionally certified in critical shortage areas (i.e. Mathematics, Science, World & Classical Languages, Technology Education, Special Education, English Language Arts)

    Over 190 candidates attended our 2019 Teacher Diversity Job Fair.

    The 2020 Teacher Diversity Job Fair will be held on Saturday, April 4th at Severna Park High School.

     

    Bilingual Recruitment – Teacher Hiring Event San Juan Puerto Rico

    AACPS hosts an annual recruitment event in San Juan, Puerto Rico to recruit bilingual educators interested in relocating to Maryland. Since 2017, AACPS has hired 15 bilingual educators who are working in six of our schools. Our annual recruitment event is typically held in Jan/Feb to provide candidates with ample time to prepare for relocation to the Maryland area. AACPS representatives also visit with local universities in the San Juan area to share information on teaching opportunities with our district.

     

    Diversity Networking Events

    During the summer months, AACPS hosts Networking Events where diverse applicants have the opportunity to speak with Principals who are actively looking to fill vacancies for the upcoming school year. Networking events provide candidates an opportunity to speak with multiple administrators in a more informal setting as they learn about their schools and communities. During the 2018 hiring season, AACPS held two Teacher Diversity Networking Events which were attended by over 50 candidates.

     

    Diversity Recruitment Weekend

    For eight years, AACPS held our annual Teacher Diversity Recruitment Weekend. Teacher applicants selected to attend this multi day event were provided with the opportunity to tour AACPS schools, meet with senior leadership, and were prioritized for screening interviews during our teacher recruitment job fair. The majority of the cost associated with this is event were covered by AACPS. From 2010 – 2017 over 250 teacher candidates participated in our diversity weekends and nearly 70% of teachers selected to attend this exclusive event were offered positions with our school system. This event was open to candidates who met of the following requirements:

    •  Professionally certified educators from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups
    • Professionally certified male educators (focusing in elementary or early childhood education)
    • Educators professionally certified in critical shortage areas (i.e. Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, World & Classical Languages, Technology Education, Early Childhood Intervention, Functional Life Skills)