Last Friday we held our very first teacher initiative task force meeting!
We started off with a discussion on teacher shortage numbers, as well as data from our own survey on how college students choose careers—one particularly important finding was that
of survey participants considered teaching but chose something else, due primarily to low teacher salaries.
We also discussed a recent study by the Utah Education Policy Center on what keeps teachers in the classroom—and why they leave—was also a critical point of discussion. Their research found "emotional exhaustion, stress, and burnout" is the biggest reason why so many Utah teachers look elsewhere for work.
We also brainstormed messaging strategies to change Utah's cultural perception of the teaching profession, with great insights from the members of our team.
At this first meeting, we were thrilled to have education experts from the governor's office, the Utah School Superintendents Association, the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education Association, and North Sanpete School District, as well as the Teacher of the Year. We're looking forward to working with these education leaders to solve the teacher shortage over the next several months!
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