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Document Number: 6202

The Facts and Fictions About Teacher Shortages - This paper argues that predictions of an impending teacher shortage in the United States are not accurate for the nation as a whole, although certain geographic and subject areas currently do and will continue to experience shortages. The authors contend that policymakers need to focus more on how to retain the good teachers that have been recruited, trained and hired, instead of seeking ways to find a way to prepare more teachers. Recommendations include: (1) strengthening preparation, induction and mentoring programs, with attention to high-demand areas; (2) offering financial incentives for high-need areas; (3) offering alternative certification programs aimed at high-need areas; and (4) intensified recruitment efforts and partnerships between teacher preparation programs and school districts. (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, May 2005)...

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