The San Antonio Independent School District is looking to hire hundreds of high-performing teachers who can engage at-risk students.
A job fair looking to hire more than 250 "master teachers," meaning those with two years of experience known to improve student success in the classroom, was held on Saturday.
"We're going to be matching some of the strongest teachers with our students greatest in need," said Matt Weber, SAISD's deputy superintendent for instruction.
There's great need throughout the district, where Weber said about 91 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged and 70 percent are considered at-risk.
"What happens is they're disengaged and [those students] are already thinking, in 5th or 6th grade, 'Do I want to continue in school?" Weber described. "That's where we have to re-engage them."
The district plans on beginning master teacher-led classes in schools starting next year. They'll be focused on accelerating students who have fallen behind.
Once teachers are placed in schools, their instruction will be tailored to address the weaknesses and learning styles of their students.