How are issues of teacher recruitment, development, and retention impacting the profession? What can educators and public education advocates do about it?
Bloggers from across the country explored the implications of teacher shortages during a roundtable co-hosted by CTQ and the Learning Policy Institute. Building from their own experiences, as well as the policy research and writing of CTQ’s Barnett Berry and the Learning Policy Institute’s Patrick M. Shields featured in this recently released Kappan article, these classroom experts will propose innovative solutions to our nation’s persistent challenge: to ensure quality teaching and learning for every student.
In his blog post kicking off the roundtable discussion, John Holland, an early childhood NBCT based in Richmond, Virginia, addresses a letter to future teachers that emphasizes why we need young people to choose and stay in the teaching profession. He posits: “I chose to work with our most underserved and vulnerable students in a high-poverty preschool program not because it was easy, but because it was important…after more than 20 years in the profession, I can honestly say I would make the same decision again.” He will be leading this roundtable conversation in collaboration with CTQ Consultant Jon Eckert, an Associate Professor of Education at Wheaton College.
Please share your thoughts and experiences by commenting on these blog posts, joining the conversation in the CTQ Collaboratory, and inviting people to join the discussion on social media with #CTQCollab. Follow CTQ on Facebook and Twitter to see when each new blog is posted. Finally, don’t forget to join the #Teachershortage Twitter chat, co-hosted with our colleagues at LPI, on July 12th, 4 p.m. EST.
- Barnett Berry: Meet John M. Holland, blogging lead for the teacher shortages roundtable discussion
- Barnett Berry: Teacher perspectives on teacher shortages: A view from the CTQ Collaboratory
- Roz Byrne: Changing the conversation: Too smart NOT to teach
- Brian Curtin: Want to increase teacher retention? Redesign induction to focus on new teachers’ needs
- Jon Eckert: Not a mystery: How to permanently end the teacher shortage
- Krista Galleberg: Turning “Too smart to teach” into a moment of motivation
- John Holland: Dear Future Teacher: Why we need you to choose and stay in the profession
- Jessica Keigan: Teacher residencies: A foundation for teacher retention?
- Justin Minkel: Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code
- Renee Moore: The racist realities of teacher retention
- Jessica Roberts: Experiential learning: Best practice for students (and their teachers)
- Tonishia Short: Why this effective and passionate teacher is leaving the classroom (for now)
To learn more about evidence-based initiatives, policy options, and other approaches to building a strong and stable teacher workforce, visit LPI’s blog series Solving Teacher Shortages.
- Jessica Cardichon: Perkins reauthorization: An opportunity to address career and technical education teacher shortages
- Desiree Carver-Thomas: The special education teacher crisis: Who’s teaching our most vulnerable students?
- Linda Darling-Hammond: Trump’s “skinny budget” would put educators’ learning on a starvation diet
- Tara Kini: State policymakers respond to teacher shortages
- Anne Podolsky: Service scholarships and forgivable loans: Investing in excellent teachers for America’s students
- Patrick M. Shields, Roberta Furger: Understanding teacher layoffs during times of teacher shortages