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Education Policy Fellowship Program

EPFP Learning Team Session -

Teacher Shortage is Not Fake News

Febuary 26, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

In this team session, our team will share current Michigan-specific data and cross-reference national data around teacher pipeline issues. Local examples of creative ways to address teacher retention and shortage issues will be discussed as well as policy issues around addressing the real regional and situational shortage issues presenting themselves throughout our state.

Team: Cathy Bacile-Cunningham, Jayme Danzig, Melissa Dawes, Rebekah Emmerling, Kim Johnson Ray, Jennifer Robel, and Latisha Wolf


1:00   Team - Laying the Foundation - Why is this issue important? (cite data sources)

1:05   Dr. Shannon Stackhouse - Educator mobility

2:00   Dr. Jared Robinson - Educator mobility

2:55   Break (15 minutes)

3:10   Chris Wigent, MASA - How Local Education Entities are Thinking About and Navigating Educator Workforce Issues

Chris Wigent, the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators spearheaded the creation of an Educator Shortage Workgroup comprised of superintendents from around the state. The workgroup examines shortage issues through the lens of district leaders. The group is looking at possible short-, mid- and long-term solutions to the educator shortage.

3:40  Ben Botwinski, Executive Director of School Improvement - Lansing REAP Grant for Educator Retention

Lansing Public Schools have have secured a unique opportunity to focus on strategies designed to retain excellent educators through a sizable grant designed to reward educator achievement and performance. Ben Botwinski is here to share an interactive presentation of the REAP (Rewarding Educator Achievement and Performance) Grant.

4:30   Cathy Bacile Cunningham - Short, mid and long-term policies for addressing shortage

          Rebekah Emmerling & Jennifer Robel - Office of Educator Workforce’s current shortage initiatives with Partnership Districts


The Real Reason Behind the U.S. Teacher Shortage

White Paper by Robinson

White Paper by Stackhouse