Paola Gilliam

Reimagining the teacher role: How some large and urban districts are enhancing appeal, addressing shortages

From CRPE, April 18, 2023, by Lisa Chu, Bree Dusseault, and Lydia Rainey

The exact cause of teacher shortages is still up for debate. Some experts argue that shortages are localized, while others say that the lack of teachers is due to low unemployment and other factors. Regardless, school systems face big challenges with their teacher workforce, including finding enough teacher candidates and retaining the teachers they have, as well as filling specialized positions. These big challenges require school systems to make big changes to the role of the teacher. This brief identifies eight categories of strategies that school systems are using to reimagine their teacher workforce, then assesses the extent to which large and urban districts have adopted these strategies. Read the report…

Opinion: Georgia must figure out how to make teaching attractive again

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 22, 2022, by Maureen Downey

A new report echoes what Georgia educators have long lamented: Teaching has lost its luster.

The working paper from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University charts the state of the U.S. K-12 teaching profession over the last half century by examining prestige, interest among students, preparation for entry and job satisfaction. The damning conclusion: The current state of the teaching profession is at or near its lowest levels in 50 years.

Read the full article…

Creating a Positive Classroom Culture: Tips from Opportunity Culture Educators

By Paola Gilliam, October 5, 2022

With many students struggling with unresolved social-emotional issues brought on or intensified by Covid shutdowns, what are some simple strategies Opportunity Culture educators use to help create calm, safe spaces that support their students’ academic growth?