America’s teacher shortage is a persistent but confounding issue, especially for policy makers at the national and state level. National statistics tend to smooth out the problematic wrinkles of this highly localized but important issue.
A recent report from the Learning Policy Institute digs into that research and has found that, although not every state or even every district faces teacher shortages, at least not to the same extent, the places that do experience shortages do so due to policies that do not prioritize teachers, students, or communities in their implementation.
CTQ and the Learning Policy Institute are kicking off 2018 with a co-hosted roundtable blogging discussion, where educators from across the country will share voices from the field on why the teacher shortage is a critical issue that demands a national response.
In this era, what is the role of educators? Please join the conversation and share your story by commenting below, reading, sharing, and commenting on these blog posts, and inviting people to join the discussion on social media with #CTQCollab. Be sure to follow CTQ on Facebook and Twitter to see when each new blog is posted.
- Jim Arnold: Let’s begin at the beginning
- Xian Barrett: Preventing teacher shortages from robbing students of color
- Margo Batha: Thoughts from the land of (dis)enchantment
- Barnett Berry: Teachers’ stories make data more meaningful
- Tricia Ebner (in Education Week Teacher): With celebration and support, teachers can help retain each other
- Jon Eckert: Teacher shortage reality: Numbers & names
- Haley Kennedy: (Un)certified struggle
- John Holland: Looking beyond tomorrow in the teacher shortage
- Justin Minkel: What kind of teacher shortage do we face?
- Karis Parker: Are teacher shortages the actual problem?
- Daniela Robles: Student betrayal, job abandonment, and Anyone Can Teach
- José Vilson: Starving the lions of the teaching profession