Many schools have encountered new struggles recruiting and retaining enough teachers over the last few years — and many face chronic staffing challenges that long predate the pandemic. To help address these challenges, Bellwether scanned the country for ideas and resources to create Creativity From Necessity: A Practical Toolkit for Leaders to Address Teacher Shortages.
Based on interviews with more than 40 experts and practitioners in a wide range of roles and landscapes, this toolkit curates ideas and resources school leaders can put to use right away to improve teacher recruitment, hiring, and retention — even in challenging circumstances.
Recommendations are provided in the following areas:
Protect Teacher Time
- Provided dedicated planning time
- Reimagine master schedule
- Reduce administrative burdens
Meet Teacher Needs
- Elevate teacher voice
- Prioritize teacher development
- Provide holistic supports
Fill Staffing Gaps
- Grow Your Own (GYO)
- International and Virtual Teachers
- High-Dosage Tutoring