#MASSPchat 4/10: What will we do if no one wants to be a teacher?

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The Topic:
This past week, two of the major teacher recruitment fairs were held at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. In both cases attendance was alarmingly light leaving many school HR Directors and Principals to wonder how they will fill their open positions. The lack of people going into education is an epidemic being felt nationwide. The question is what can we do to address the teacher shortage in the short term and in the long term? This will be the subject of this week's chat. Please encourage teachers, building and central office administrators and higher ed colleagues to join us for this important discussion. Looking for more information/background? Click here for a great article and herefor a position statement and resources from NASSP.

This Week's Questions:

  1. What motivated you to become a teacher?
  2. What was the job market like when you graduated from the college of education? How long did it take for you to get a position?
  3. Would you recommend going into education to kids today? Why or why not?
  4. What do you see as the primary factors for people choosing to leave public education?
  5. What could be done to improve the image of public education and teaching?
  6. What are some realistic suggestions for improving working conditions for teacher?

Meet Our Moderator:
Wendy Zdeb (@massp) became MASSP's Executive Director of MASSP on January 1, 2012. Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren, Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University and her Master's in Ed Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.