THE KEY TO SOLVING THE TEACHER LABOR SHORTAGE: ONLINE LEARNING in OutlooK-12 Magazine

by Ricardo Castillo in


San Mateo, Calif. - For more than 50 years, schools across the country have faced a decline in teacher quality and – despite an overall teacher surplus – chronic local and position-specific shortages. A new research study from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation shows that online learning could hold the key to providing the quality teacher labor supply that schools so desperately need. Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How Online Learning Can Fix the Broken Teacher Labor Market unpacks the compounding reasons behind teacher shortages to focus on the solution: online learning. By allowing educators to reach students from anywhere in the country, online learning creates a new degree of flexibility and productivity among teachers, while also making the field more attractive to new teachers. To expedite the process of solving the nation’s teacher labor shortage crisis, the Christensen Institute recommends policymakers prioritize three initiatives: 1. Develop “Course Access” programs allowing enrollment in a combination of traditional and online settings to enable high-quality teachers to increase their reach (and compensation). 2. Replace seat-time requirements for online and blended learning with content and skill-mastery requirements. 3. Provide districts with resources for evaluating technology options so education leaders can invest their finite resources wisely. The full study can be found on the Christensen Institute website at http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/solving-the-nations-teacher-shortage/ 

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