Dr Hans Andrews, Distinguished Fellow, Community College Leadership; Dr William Marzano, Former Academic Administrator, Waubonsee Community College; and Michele Needham, Executive Director - HR, Waubonsee Community College

Dr. Hans Andrews is Distinguished Fellow in Community College Leadership and former President of Olney Central College in Illinois.  He was also a Dean of Instruction and Vice President of Community and Student Services at two other community colleges in Illinois and Michigan.  He was an adjunct faculty member at Illinois State University.

Dr. William ‘Bill’ Marzano is a former academic administrator at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois.  He started his community college service as a psychology instructor at Illinois Valley Community College.  Between his two community college careers he served as a Vice President of Human Resources in the private sector.

 

Recent articles from these authors have been published in United States (U.S.). and some international journals in India and Australia.  The focus in the articles has been on establishing new pipelines for the preparation of teachers and providing improved pay for teachers. The third major area is a Bill of Rights for improving working conditions for the teachers.  

In the U.S. this means leveraging the community and technical colleges to offer Baccalaureate Degrees in Teaching.  To date only the state of Florida has moved in this direction.  There are over 1,200 community colleges in the 50 states

Following is an ‘array’ of responses received from our international readers:

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

I appreciate this work. We need long term solutions to this nation-wide issue. Any opportunity to improve accessibility to postsecondary education will help increase teacher recruits and also provide for a more diverse group of graduates.  

Nice article! I support the idea of community college programs offering teacher certification. I taught in a Graduate program that awarded students with an undergraduate degree a one year intensive program to certify them as teachers. This also is an attempt to increase the number of teachers.  Getting teachers to teach is one challenge and getting them to stay is the next one. 

Australia

Thanks for sharing this article – a really interesting read. I am wondering what kind of support the Australian government is putting in place to help recruit qualified teachers from overseas?

An interesting thought provoking read. This is such a complex issue and certainly needs a big shake-up in thinking. Doing things as they’ve always been done will not turn the titanic.
In early childhood education many of my colleagues are leaving in droves not due to pay conditions but to the ‘push down’ of inappropriate curriculum and teaching practices from ‘administrators’ who think they know more about a specialist area that they have never taught in!!

Thank you for sending through the three articles.  I understand that the QCT Director and the Executive Manager of the Professional Standards Unit are aware of the articles.

Singapore

This is very true!! Salary is the biggest motivation in any profession. I do love teaching and being a teacher and nothing makes me happier, but salary gets an individual the respect from society and attracts quality. Yes, teaching is a noble profession, yet it is still a profession and should be treated as one.

United Arab Emirates

Thank you. I’m always eager to read them. Actually the article about the difficulty of finding qualified teachers is a big issue. Within 100 interviews I can barely select 2 candidates. That’s why in many cases we find ourselves stuck with existing staff that we know should be out.

Alaska, U.S. (from England)

I am glad you mentioned international/ visiting teachers as one of the short-term solutions to decrease teacher’s shortage. However, districts are reluctant to accept foreign/ non-American teachers because of the “hustle” of the visa process…another solution would be to demand from the federal government to ease these immigration restrictions for teachers. I have taught in this country since 2008 and I’m still on a temporary visa.

The big solution and I believe the only one on the long run is money. If teachers are well paid, they won’t leave! Thank you again!

Florida

I will take a look at it. Our region is being affected by teacher shortages as well.

Pennsylvania

I am an educational Technologist and researcher. and developer. Also, I am a school board director at our regional school district. The substitute, teacher, and staff shortages are a major concern. In special education, math, and foreign languages, we have serious problems in PA. Additionally, we lack a qualified pool of principals and assistant superintendents and superintendents.

New Jersey

From a former TEACHER OF THE YEAR:  Thank you for sharing. At first glance I wasn’t aware of the Educators Rising Club. I am definitely going to investigate for our high school.  Yes indeed – New Jersey is in a state of crisis as well.

New York

I love the solution driven article and all the practical ideas. I also agree that Community Colleges can play a bigger role in teacher prep programs.

Colorado

I think this is an excellent idea and will be sharing this idea with my local community college. Will get back with you…

India

I agree fully with the view that there are huge shortages of teachers in all the countries including India. The steps suggested in this very comprehensive article will definitely help to bridge the gap but still not be sufficient to provide sufficient number of teachers to give our children the education they deserve.

My major concern is about the quality of teachers. Even if we manage to find sufficient number of teachers, will we get passionate and committed teachers? For this we need to make the teaching profession more attractive in terms of remuneration as well as conditions of employment. In India, young people prefer to take up a call centre job rather than go for teaching.

Nebraska

The shortages are real.  We are fighting over the small pools of teachers.  If this trends continues,  this will be difficult as we want to have the best in front of our students.

Oklahoma

We’ve not had a full staff all year in my district.  Covid had made it even harder.

Missouri

Thank you for sharing the article on ideas to move forward from teacher shortages.  The ideas you present are proactive and move to shift the paradigms that are outdated and must be replaced if we are to recover from the hole our schools have found themselves in.

Texas

Thank you for sharing this article with me. The pain is real everywhere. Just this weekend, I was sharing with a family member how in the past couple of weeks, I have been more classroom teacher than AP! Teaching Math in 3rd – 5th grade classrooms due to teacher absences and substitute teacher shortages. We also have a 2nd grade teacher position that has been open since August. The scholars (students) have had three different substitute teachers now. 

Summary

The teacher shortages now appear to be world-wide.  They have become a ‘crisis’ throughout the United States and most other countries.  The above responses were not solicited and are but a very few that these authors has received.  This article is a way of sharing how people have responded to the authors’ recent articles on commonsense ideas to overcome teacher shortages in the United States, India and Australian educational journals.

References

Andrews, H.A., & Marzano, W.  (2022, July 21).  A central role in reducing teacher shortage.  Community College Daily. Washington, D.C.

Marzano, William A. and Andrews H.A. (2022, June).  Leverage community colleges to address the teacher shortage.  American Enterprise Institute.  Washington, D.C.

Andrews, H.A. (2022, June 14).  Funding teacher salary adjustments:  A commonsense proposal!  CXO Outlook.  India

Andrews, H. A. (2022, May 25, 2022.  Expanding tuition waivers can provide an enrollment equalizer!  Higher Education Digest.  India.

Andrews, H.A. (2022, May 11).  Slowing down to help overcome teacher shortages!  CXO Outlook, India

Andrews, H.A. (2022, May). Teacher shortages:  Patches or permanent fixes.  AASPA (Best Practices), Kansas City, Kansas.

Andrews, H.A. (2022, Feb.).  A bill of rights to improve teaching conditions!  Higher Education Digest, Independent Higher Education Portal Magazine, India.

Andrews, H.A. (2022, Feb.).  Teacher shortages and solutions.  School Days Magazine.com, Sydney, Australia.  

Andrews, H. A., and Marzano, W. A. (2021, Nov./Dec.).  Illinois teacher shortage crisis:  Quick fixes and long-range solutions.  Illinois School Board Journal.

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