Everyone in education understands the gravity of the teacher shortage, which continues to worsen to unprecedented levels. According to the 2022 Illinois Educator Shortage Survey conducted by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 79% of school districts surveyed reported a teacher shortage problem.
We get it – and we are on it.
The NIU College of Education – the state's second-largest producer of teachers – is committed to leading efforts that resolve the teacher shortage. We are building the educator workforce, and we are doing so in innovative and impactful ways that include intentional recruitment, excellent preparation and constructive partnerships.
Opportunities for collaboration are growing.
We can partner with you to get the most out of your state and federal funding– and we're already engaged in several exciting projects. For example, we are delivering programming to 185 P.E. teachers to promote social and emotional learning through sport and other physical activities. You can use designated funds not only to provide additional training to your current team members, but also to help you develop the teachers you need moving forward.
Learn more about the Illinois Tutoring Initiative.
And, beyond these experiences, we can work with you to create innovative programming within your district so that your students interested in teaching have a reason to come back to your district when they graduate.
Contact Chris Lowe, our assistant director for Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do any of these ideas appeal to you? What ideas do you have? Are you up for a little brainstorming with us? We want to match our resources with your needs, and we're eager to explore what's possible.
Please let us know how we can team with you to improve the outcomes for your students, teachers and staff.
Together, we can accomplish so much.