School Staffing

Innovative staffing models and other strategies for attracting and retaining talented educators

In Demand: The Real Teacher Shortages and How to Solve Them

Post-pandemic teacher supply and demand trends and strategic solutions to shortages

Teaching Innovation: New School Staffing Strategies Inspired by the Pandemic

School staffing strategies that developed during the pandemic, the conditions that enabled them, and how educators overcame barriers to the innovations

Tackling Teacher Shortages With Targeted Strategies

Smart responses to teacher shortages

Right From the Start: D.C.’s Groundbreaking Teacher Hiring Strategy

A model teacher-hiring system

Q&A: Gershenson on Why a Diverse Teaching Force Matters and How We Can Get There

The positive impact that Black teachers can have on Black students

A New Strategy to Solve the Substitute Teacher Crisis

Using financial incentives to draw substitutes to underserved schools

School Staffing

By the Numbers

Voter Issues

  • 80%

    Voters who believe that hiring quality teachers is very important for public officials to address

  • 27%

    Voters who believe that book banning/curriculum censorship is very important to address

Source: The Hunt Institute

Teacher Vacancies

  • 47%

    Public schools that were unable to fill a teaching position for physical sciences, 2021-22 school year

  • 26%

    Public schools that were unable to fill a teaching position for physical sciences, 2011-12 school year

Source: NCES

Teacher Salaries & Rent Prices

  • 15

    Cities where a one-bedroom rental is unaffordable for a new teacher with a bachelor's degree

  • 9

    Cities where a one-bedroom rental is unaffordable for a new teacher with a master's degree

Source: NCTQ

Principal Stress During the Pandemic

  • 83%

    Principals who reported frequent job-related stress last school year (2020-21)

  • 59%

    Principals who cited supporting teachers’ mental health as a main source of stress

Source: Learn Together Surveys

Underqualified Teachers

  • 163,650

    Underqualified teachers currently employed in schools 2022

  • 109,000

    Underqualified teachers employed in 2017

Source: The Annenberg Institute at Brown University EdWorkingPapers

Staffing Shortages

  • 53%

    Public schools reporting feeling understaffed entering the school year

  • 65%

    Understaffed schools reporting special education vacancies

Source: 2022 School Pulse Panel

School Staffing

All Work

Research Notes: Pandemic-Era Emergency Licenses Diversified the Massachusetts Teacher Corps

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Testimony: How to Retain Teacher Talent in the District of Columbia

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Research Notes: How Giving Principals More Autonomy Impacts Learning

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The Obstacles to a More Diverse Teacher Workforce

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Teachers Like Us: Strategies for Increasing Educator Diversity

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Research Notes: Evaluating the Impact of Teach for America: Two New Studies

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Research Notes: The Rise and Fall of the Teaching Profession

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Webinar: Solving the Teacher Shortage Challenge

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A New Strategy to Solve the Substitute Teacher Crisis

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Research Notes: Rethinking Principal Effects on Student Outcomes

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Second Time’s the Charm? Repeat Student-Teacher Matches

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Does Teacher Professional Development Improve Student Learning? 

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