Reaching Equity: Strategies for Solving Teacher Shortages in Underserved Communities
In this webinar, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) shared strategies from advocates and policymakers as they tackled teacher shortages that disproportionately impact underserved communities.
The webinar highlighted a recent LPI report, Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession, which focused on six evidence-based policies that states are pursued to address their teacher shortages by strengthening and retaining a strong and diverse educator workforce. It also took a close look at the state of Washington, where state policymakers have used a comprehensive approach to addressing teacher shortages by implementing many of the evidence-based policies described in the report. This conversation was supplemented by a discussion on pathways and financial supports that can build a pool of diverse teacher candidates who are well prepared for long-term success in the classroom. This session identified:
● Teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention strategies that have been found to support greater teacher effectiveness and retention. These strategies can help states build long-term sustainable systems to attract, develop, and retain a strong, stable, and diverse teacher workforce.
● Examples from state and local advocates and leaders on how they have addressed teacher shortages and increased workforce diversity, with a focus on teachers working in underserved communities.