EdTech and the Two Paths Forward for Teachers

While the teacher shortage has been growing increasingly dire in recent years, we’ve seen the pandemic drive the crisis to new extremes.

It’s bad: The Economic Policy Institute reports that as of September, public K-12 education employment was down by more than half a million jobs in the previous 12 months alone. We know that fewer people are entering the profession, as evidenced by sharp declines in the number of education graduates. Some schools have resorted to hiring teachers who haven’t undergone traditional teacher training. And while educators were already calling it quits at alarming rates, recent survey data shows that 27% of existing teachers are more likely to leave teaching or retire early due to the pandemic.

The Teacher Shortage Has Accelerated During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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