The U.S. Department of Education issued a call to action for states, districts, and higher education leaders to tap federal resources and work together to address the nationwide teacher shortage and aid student recovery. The call to action includes directives to states, districts, and postsecondary institutions to do their part to address teacher shortages.
The U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona called on state leaders to commit to establish teaching as a Registered Apprenticeship, invest in evidence-based teacher residency programs, launch or expand loan forgiveness or service scholarship programs, and increase teacher compensation.
In addition, Secretary Cardona called on school districts to commit to increase partnerships between educator preparation programs at postsecondary institutions and districts that support teaching residencies and increase the availability of qualified teacher residents to support educators, students, and staff.
He is calling on postsecondary institutions and educator preparation programs to increase teacher residency programs and program capacity, work with states to establish teaching as a Registered Apprenticeship, and launch or expand loan forgiveness or service scholarship programs.
To coincide with the Secretary’s call, the Department released a fact sheet providing concrete examples of how states, districts, and schools are using federal relief aid, including the American Rescue Plan (ARP), to strengthen the teacher pipeline, get more educators into the classroom, and accelerate student recovery.
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