A Network Connecting School Leaders From Around The Globe
Many school districts around the country are scrambling to fill open teaching positions as they combat a national teacher shortage the U.S. Department of Education has documentedfor decades. Many cities compete for teachers with suburban schools that have more money and fewer challenging students dealing with trauma and poverty. Rural schools also have an especially hard time finding good teachers and keeping them. Many of the less desirable locations serve as training grounds where teachers pay their dues and then move on to cushier assignments.
To combat this, schools and districts have had to develop their own perks. In Oregon, some schools have found a teacher leadership initiative through Chalkboard Project hashelped with retention. Teachers who take more ownership over school decision-making report being happier with their jobs, and the happier they are, the more likely they’ll stay.
The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore school systems still looking for a few hundred good teachers