The Opportunity in Shortages

About this Webinar

In this webinar, Paul Sindelar and Jenny DeMonte describe the opportunity in shortages by addressing two questions: How can states and districts improve the quality of educator preparation with strategies that also address shortage? How can states and districts fund such initiatives?

The presenters show how the quality of preparation may be improved by some steps states and districts can take to address teacher shortages. For example, residency programs are touted as an effective strategy for addressing shortages, but residency programs also offer opportunities to (a) enhance clinical experiences and (b) align preparation content and district practice, both improvements on traditional preparation practice. Further, the need for high quality service delivery via multi-tiered systems of support creates an opportunity for faculty and district professionals to collaborate to enhance school practice, benefiting everyone.  We then will consider how states and districts can fund such initiatives, including opportunities for federal funding in ESSA and HEA.

Jenny DeMonte

Jenny DeMonte

American Institutes for Research

Jenny DeMonte is senior technical assistance consultant specializing in teacher preparation and licensure. In her current role, she focuses on leveraging the strategic expertise and thought leadership at AIR and beyond to transform it into resources for the education field, including practitioners and policymakers. She is the author of A Million New Teachers Are Coming: Will They Be Ready to Teach? Her dissertation research centered on using daily logs of fourth grade English Language Arts instruction to create quantitative measures of teaching practice, and investigate the effects of different teaching treatments on student learning.

Paul Sindelar

Paul Sindelar

CEEDAR Center

Dr. Paul Sindelar is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida. His recent research concentrates on the special education labor market and its implications for policymakers and educators. He has written extensively on teacher certification, especially alternative routes to certification. He is currently working with colleagues at Penn, Johns Hopkins, UF, and the Bureau of Economic and Business Research to identify and quantify variables that have contributed to the reduction in employment numbers for special education teachers in the past 3 years.

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