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Project RE-SEED: School and Teacher Recruitment

Recruiting Schools and Teachers. RE-SEED keeps a database of teachers or administrators who want Science Resource Agents in their classrooms and schools. The initial school recruitment effort took place in 1993 when RE-SEED sent information about the program to school administrators across the state, encouraging them to put their schools on the request list for volunteers. RE-SEED also gave the teachers involved with the antecedent SEED program the opportunity to request volunteers. As a result, in two years, RE-SEED had requests from over 120 schools in New England. Now, as the program grows, more and more school administrators and teachers know about RE-SEED and are added to the database. Once an SRA is active in a school, it is not unusual for more teachers at that school to request SRAs.

Meeting the Demand. For some areas, it simply isn't possible to meet the demand because not enough SRAs are there. The SRAs are encouraged to select schools on the request list, but SRA preferences come first.

Once an SRA is in the school, he or she will often assist several teachers. If there are too many teachers for the SRA to assist, the teachers have to decide how to allocate the SRA's time.

RE-SEED encourages a teacher and SRA to stay together beyond the first year if the relationship is working and if the SRA wants to continue to volunteer.

Financial Contributions from Schools. When RE-SEED began training leaders, schools were asked for $300 voluntary contributions for each RE-SEED SRA in the school, but this process proved very complex. A new strategy is being initiated in which training funds are requested.

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