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America’s schools are desperate to diversify their teaching force. Education Week asked five experts to suggest in 250 words or less how the nation’s teacher preparation pipeline can be overhauled to work better for candidates of color, especially those who are Black.
Using questions derived from an international survey of educators on civic instruction, the RAND study found that a majority of respondents, 68 percent, believed that promoting students’ critical and independent thinking was the top aim for civics education.
Many schools have used federal funding to hire or assign staff or volunteers to build one-on-one relationships with students. But as leaders grapple with staff shortages and overwhelmed teachers, it may be more effective and sustainable to help students learn to find and develop support networks on their own.
In an interview with Education Week in his Washington office, Cardona said greater respect for teachers, mental health and social support for students, and partnerships between parents and educators are key to navigating the complex challenges facing schools.
Stressful working conditions—including staff shortages and threats to students’ and educators’ safety and well-being—are prompting secondary school leaders to think about leaving the job.
Ever since data about the pandemic’s effect on student learning began to emerge, prominent education groups have pushed for schools to “accelerate” learning as a recovery strategy. But new research adds to the growing body of evidence that schools are struggling to use this approach—a state of affairs that the study’s authors warn could widen academic gaps between groups of students.
Educators hope new federal measures will provide crucial resources to schools to help them navigate the bureaucratic maze and open up a long-term funding stream to help them tackle a widely recognized youth mental health crisis.
As the 2022-23 academic year gets underway, the large number of vacant teaching jobs (which, in some states, includes thousands of unfilled positions) becomes less about statistics and more about the very real possibility of students showing up to school without a teacher in their classroom.
Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. They endured a jarring transition to online learning, the strains from teacher shortages and profound disruptions to their home lives. And many are believed to be significantly behind academically.