Solving Teacher Shortages: A Comprehensive Approach

As districts and states work to manage the existing teacher shortages across the country, members of the extended education network must work together to leverage their collective capacity to both recruit and retain qualified candidates. 

While alternative certification programs and internal pipelines have been established to remedy the shortages in areas like math, science, and special education, there still remains a high need in these specific subjects, as well as in schools with high poverty rates and high populations of students of color.

Collectively we are not only failing to increase the total number of available teachers, but we are also struggling to recruit and retain teachers of color and male teachers. A shift requires innovative and transformative measures on national, state, and local levels.

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