How to remove red tape and create a more robust teacher talent pool

Matthew Simon:

Key Points

  • Current teacher talent pipelines are deficient to meet students’ and schools’ needs and demands.
  • Reforming teacher certification laws to allow and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds—with different work experience and community ties—to enter the teacher workforce can help address teacher shortages.
  • Giving local school leaders the autonomy to hire, train, and certify their own teachers puts power at the local level and allows leaders to drive their own workforce needs.