The Education Policy Networking Series event on Oct. 20, 2015, was organized around the topic of “Teaching in Colorado: Who Wants the Job? Who Stays? Who Leaves?”
Like many other states, Colorado faces a shortage of teachers, especially in certain disciplines and in speciﬁc regions. And great teachers are also in short supply. Colorado’s teacher turnover is also disturbing, particularly in the ﬁrst few years of teachers’ careers. What is behind recent trends, and what is being done to strengthen—or perhaps even to rethink—the profession of teaching?
Panelists for the event included:
- Jennifer Bacon, Managing Director – Alumni and Community Engagement, Teach for America
- Karen Lowenstein Martinez, Senior Consultant – Educator Preparation, Colorado Department of Education
- Robert Mitchell, Academic Policy Oﬃcer – Educator Preparation, Colorado Department of Higher Education
- Laney Shaler, Associate Director, Denver Public Schools’ New Educator Development
Peter Huidekoper, Coordinator, Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program at the Buechner Institute in the School of Public Affairs, served as the moderator.
Photos from the event can be viewed in the slideshow below, and a recording is available on the SPA YouTube playlist.