Panel pitches possible fixes to Utah's teacher shortage

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  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2017 12:31 p.m.

    Give teachers not only support, but also more autonomy. We are forced into such a tight schedule with everyone else's programs, mandates, and testing that we really are not allowed to do what is best for kids.

  • a teacher West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 21, 2017 6:37 p.m.

    Pay is a very important part of the equation, but not the only need. Teachers need career progression opportunities that allow them to stay in the classroom but still develop and lead. Mentoring and coaching programs that are part-time teaching and part-time leading are an appropriate approach, similar to the SLCSD Peer Assistance and Review program. Leadership opportunities are either a farce or a guaranteed way to burn teachers out because there is simply no time to perform the duties when you already carry a full teaching load. Leadership in this fashion would provide much of the support new teachers need and could also provide more authentic professional development for all teachers. The catch is funding to support these types of positions. It's just not available on the necessary scale.

  • JMHO Kanab, UT
    Sept. 21, 2017 10:47 a.m.

    Pay the right price and they will stay.