The conversation surrounding the issue of Michigan’s teacher shortage was center stage as public school superintendents convened in Holt on Dec. 6. Eighteen superintendents participated in the workshop facilitated by Karen McPhee to better understand what is happening surrounding teacher shortages that many MASA members are experiencing in their districts.

MASA Teacher Shortage Workgroup

“This is really, really important work, not only for MASA, but for all of us on a state-wide level,” said Chris Wigent, executive director of MASA. “This workshop is going to be action focused. The need is immediate and we are going to work really hard to come up with short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions and strategies for the

problem of teacher shortages.”

Participants attending the workshop represented urban, suburban, city/town, rural and remote district perspectives. The facilitated discussion was focused on developing short- and long-term strategies that would address improving the quality and quantity of the future teacher candidate pool, as well as recruiting and attracting applicants and developing and retaining educators, particularly in high-need areas.

MASA collected the information that flowed out of the workgroup, and will reconvene at a future date with identified experts that will further assist the development of an action plan and a toolkit to address the teacher shortage.

“If we can be pushed to educate more plumbers and welders, we also need to step up and develop more teachers,” Wigent said during the workgroup session.

Look for more information on this important initiative in the coming months.

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