Teach to Lead will host its 17th Teacher Leadership Summit in Philadelphia on March 29-31. The Summit will bring teacher leaders and other stakeholders together to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to benefit students and schools. The organization is soliciting ideas for the summit. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Jan. 28. Application submission information can be found here.

The Illinois State Board of Education has released two requests for applications for $1 million in grants to expand teacher residencies. The board has made $250,000 available through the Teacher Leader Problems of Practice Grant, which will support districts in addressing local challenges to developing and retaining teacher leaders. The Teacher Residency Planning Grant makes $750,000 available for districts serving high rates of low-income students or students of color, and districts that have experienced chronic teacher shortages. The grant will support partnerships between institutions of higher education and high-need school districts to plan full-year teacher residencies.

Applications for the Teacher Residency Planning Grant are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 15. Applications for the Teacher Leader Problems of Practice Grant are due by 4 p.m. on March 1. You can access the applications here.

Partner update

Project Inspire hosted a "mini" selection day for eight candidates in mid-November who had already passed the Praxis exam in their content area. Candidates taught mini-lessons in classrooms, and ended the day with interviews and a group problem solving activity. By the end of November, Project Inspire had made offers and was celebrating the first three members of its ninth cohort.  

Featured News

In 2018, Public School Workers Quit at Highest Rate on Record

Statistics released late last month by the U.S. Department of Labor showed that, during the first 10 months of last year, public education workers quit their jobs at the fastest rate since figures were first tracked in 2001. Some media reports trumpeted this to mean that “teachers” were the ones quitting, but that’s not exactly true as the statistics cover jobs as varied as community-college faculty, school psychologists and school janitors, as well as classroom teachers.

Nevertheless, several teachers told the Wall Street Journal that they left their jobs for more lucrative and respected careers outside the classroom. Others said they grew frustrated with a lack of resources and support from their communities.

Public school workers left their jobs at a rate of 83 per 10,000 during the time span covered by the statistics. In 2009, the attrition rate was 48 per 10,000. The increasing numbers of public school employees leaving is contributing to chronic teacher shortages in many districts and states across the country.

To combat the problem, many states have taken to loosening teacher licensure requirements in an attempt to make it easier for districts to fill vacancies. Others are offering pay increases to try to hold on to current teachers. Several states, however, are including residencies as a strategy to stem turnover.

California, for example, is investing $75 million in STEM, ELL and special education residencies. Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico, Louisiana, and several other states have launched and/or invested in teacher residencies requirements for new teachers.
In the News
How Local Universities Are Working To Retain Teachers
Eight universities received a total of $2 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop and carry-out year-long teacher residency programs.
More than 2,000 NC teachers failed a math licensing exam.
The Charlotte Observer
A math exam that has made it difficult for hundreds of new North Carolina teachers to get their license could be phased out as early as February.
More Oklahoma teachers are taking nontraditional paths to the classroom
The Tulsa World
An analysis of state teacher certification data found that nontraditional paths are increasingly common amid Oklahoma’s teacher shortage.
A Conversation With U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, an Award-Winning Teacher
Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, taught high school for over a decade. She is the first black woman from Connecticut to serve in Congress.
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