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As pandemic complicates recruitment, Teach for America’s incoming class expected to hit a 15-year low

Facing a sharp drop in applications, Teach for America is expecting its smallest crop of first-year teachers in at least 15 years, new data from the organization shows. The organization expects to place just under 2,000 teachers in schools across the country this coming fall. That’s just two-thirds of the number of first-year teachers TFA …

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Philadelphia school district sees ‘dramatic increase’ in midyear teacher resignations

169 teachers have left the Philadelphia School District since December Dozens of teachers have left the Philadelphia school district within the past two months, and filling those spots has proven to be difficult, school district officials say.  From the beginning of December through the middle of February, the district has seen a “dramatic increase in teacher resignations compared to previous …

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With teacher departures surging, Philly schools unveil plan to stem tide

The School District of Philadelphia, like other districts across the nation, is facing a teacher and staff shortage as the coronavirus pandemic hits the two-year mark. At Thursday evening’s school board meeting, district officials put a number on the staffing challenge, while board members approved two measures aimed at addressing the problem. At the start of …

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Letter: $11 per hour to sub at a Utah school? Executive orders won’t solve teacher shortage. But higher pay might.

Recently I was informed by my employer that, because of an executive order signed by Gov. Spencer Cox on Jan. 31, I could take up to sixteen hours of personal leave to work as a substitute teacher in one of Utah’s public schools. Curious, I decided to examine substitute teacher pay where I live, in …

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There aren’t enough men teaching elementary school. Here’s how we can change that — and why we must.

“Hello, my name is Melissa, and my son has expressed how excited he is to have a ‘man teacher’ this year, which in turn made me excited for him.” She went on to write that I was her fifth grader’s first male teacher, adding: “You are all this boy talks about at home.” It’s been …

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The substitute teacher shortage we should have seen coming

As the pandemic nears its cheerless two-year anniversary, matters of health and wellness have dominated education conversations nationwide. The largescale return to in-person learning this fall has seen schools put in place mask mandates, COVID testing protocols, physical distancing requirements, and handwashing and sanitizing stations. But there has been at least one school health solution …

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Adaptive teaching: Rethinking the nature of learning in schools

Every child learns differently. This individual process is affected by a range of factors, including prior knowledge, ability and motivation. It is also dynamic and changes over the course of someone’s lifetime. So what can teachers do to accommodate the needs of each individual student? If you are a teacher, you probably know that not …

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Pa. House passes bill to loosen rules on substitute teachers

Legislation to provide more flexibility when it comes to finding substitute teachers to staff classrooms won unanimous approval on Monday from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberland County, now goes to the Senate for consideration. It aims to help ease the problem districts are facing with a current …

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