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Leadership Group on School Staffing Challenges


School staffing issues, including fewer applicants for positions, high turnover, and shortages in a variety of disciplines, are occurring in Wisconsin and across the country. With fewer new teachers entering the profession and increasing teacher turnover, education leaders are looking for new approaches to deal with these changing workforce dynamics and ensure all children have access to the high-quality educators they deserve and an equitable education program.

Because of these growing challenges, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) Executive Director Jon Bales convened the Leadership Group on School Staffing Challenges. The goal of this group, comprised of high-level leaders from PK–12 and higher education, is to make improvements to the PK–12 educator workforce in Wisconsin and promote the overall attraction, preparation, recruitment, retention, and development of Wisconsin educators.

Over recent months, the group met to find solutions focused on attracting talent, preparation, licensing, support and retention, and data collection. The leadership group committed to using ideas from the field, along with the Professional Standards Council, the statutorily established advisory group, and other groups of teachers and leaders, to inform and develop recommended policies. Those changes are included in the executive and full summary documents below.