We've been hard at work with our teacher initiative task force — made up of representatives from the Governor's Office, the legislature, the Utah State Board of Education, UEA, and local school districts — to create and implement solutions to address the statewide teacher shortage.
From a list of over twenty strategies, we narrowed our ideas down to eleven key solutions and broke them up into four overarching approaches: recruit, retain, and recover teachers, and elevate the teaching profession.
Fewer and fewer college students are choosing teaching as a career. Getting the best and brightest to choose a career in teaching is essential to ending the teacher shortage. We need to:
- Leverage CTE pathways to help students become teachers more efficiently
- Provide more scholarships and financial aid
- Promote teaching to high school and middle school students
42 percent of Utah teachers quit within their first five years. We need to support teachers to develop an experienced workforce for our kids. We need to:
- Improve induction, professional development, mentorship, and support
- Provide more resources for teachers
There are thousands of experienced Utah teachers who could return to the classroom. We need them back. We need to:
- Create a shared database of former teachers
- Create more part-time career options for teachers
- Allow teachers to return to teaching immediately after retirement
Elevate the profession.
Teaching needs to become a more respected, competitive career if we want to end the teacher shortage. We need to:
- Evaluate and adjust compensation
- Promote the image of teachers
- Create additional career pathways
Solving the teacher shortage is no simple task. It requires collaboration among parents, government, and educational organizations alike. But it's crucial to providing Utah's kids with the high-quality education they need and deserve, and — thanks to our many stakeholders — we have a clear picture of what needs to be done.
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