ERIC Number: ED455983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Who Will Teach Montana's Children?
Nielson, Dori Burns
Montana is experiencing three types of teacher shortages, each requiring different intervention strategies. These situations include shortages in specific subject areas, most notably in music, special education, and foreign languages, followed closely by guidance and library; many job openings, caused by rapid enrollment growth, a large number of retirements, or a high turnover rate; and inability to attract and retain teachers, which is especially serious in inner cities and remote locations. Strategies for specific subject areas include officially recognizing these shortages at the state level, expanding internship programs that train certified staff to switch to shortage areas, increasing the number of teachers being trained in shortage areas, and supporting collaborative efforts among districts. Strategies to address excess job openings include marketing the qualities that make Montana a great place to teach and live, designating an official statewide teacher job-listing center, designing transition programs for people with degrees outside of education, establishing portable salaries and benefits, and tailoring incentives to attract applicants. Teacher recruitment and retention could be improved by committing at the state level to provide adequate salaries, improving the retirement structure, providing a loan repayment assistance program, and designating regional centers for teacher support and services. Appendices present a summary of the American Association for Employment in Education's supply and demand survey, a summary of the Montana Office of Public Instruction's report on 1999-2000 shortages, and data on enrollment and certified staff by school district. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Montana State Board of Public Education, Helena. Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council.
Identifiers - Location: Montana