Can Teacher Shortages Be Solved?

Can Teacher Shortages Be Solved? As has been widely reported, a number of states/districts have been dealing with teacher shortages this year, particularly in high-demand subject areas like math, science, and special education. Some have resorted to emergency measures to try to bring new educators into their schools.

In your view as a teacher, what steps (allowing for certain budgetary constraints) could states and districts take to address teacher shortages over the long term? How could they improve the teacher pipeline to bring talented and diverse individuals into the profession, and encourage them to work in areas and fields they are needed in most? And what can schools do to improve retention rates among existing teachers? What has worked for your school?

Solving Teacher Shortages: A Comprehensive Approach

To combat teaching shortages and advance the teaching profession will require effort across multiple levels of government, William Hayes and Sharif El-Mekki writes.

Empowered New Teachers Are Teachers Who Stay

Changes to the teaching-induction system will ultimately lead to educators staying in the profession longer, Alicia Johal writes.

Want to Boost Teacher Retention? Expand Student Loan-Forgiveness Programs

It is shameful that in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, teachers have to shoulder so great a financial burden. However, there are solutions, Nikhil Laud writes.

To Fix Teacher Shortages, First Understand What They Are

Teacher shortages are merely symptoms of the same problems that drive inequity in our society in general, Xian Franzinger Barrett says.

To Address Teacher Shortages, Create Conditions for Educators to Thrive

If states and districts can create schools in which teachers see autonomy, mastery, and purpose clearly in their profession, they will go a long way toward solving teacher-shortage problems, Katrina Boone writes.

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