Monday, August 12, 2013

The Struggle to Retain Teachers

The state of Hawaii faces a problem schools and districts across the nation are facing.
 
 
An article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (lubbockonline), recently highlighted the state of Hawaii's conflict with retaining new teachers...mainly on the State's smaller islands.
 
A variety of factors play into this dilemma, some being the culture-shock teachers unfamiliar with the island face, and the low income toppled with the high cost of living.
 
The island state is attempting to combat this teacher retention issue by utilizing the $75 million they have received in a "Race to the Top" grant, supplied by the Federal government.
 
Interestingly, however, the struggle to recruit new teachers is not a dilemma the state of Hawaii alone faces. Nationwide, there is a shortage of teachers, and it is a concern for the future of education.
 
Two of Project Tomorrow's initiatives, YouthTEACH2Learn & the Future Educators Association of California are working to combat this issue.
 
YouthTEACH2Learn is an opportunity for high school students interested in teaching careers to gain hands-on experience by teaching math and science lessons to elementary students. To learn more about YouthTEACH2Learn, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/teach2learn.html.
 
F.E.A. California provides experiences and opportunities for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. A variety of opportunities are open to F.E.A. California members, including participation in competitions, access to lesson plan databases, college admission information, and more. To learn more about F.E.A. California, visit http://www.futureeducatorsca.org/.
 
What are your thoughts on this issue? Feel free to share your comments below.
 
Remember, registration for Speak Up 2013 is around the corner! Please check our website, www.tomorrow.org, frequently in the coming days to learn more information.
 
Thank you for your continued support in Project Tomorrow.
 
- The Project Tomorrow Team