Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ritz's Teacher Shortage Commission Finishes Its Report

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz's Blue Ribbon commission to address Indiana's teacher shortage has completed its report. The 49-member panel makes several recommendations to revitalize the teaching profession. It recommends elevating teachers' pay to a professional level with regular pay raises rather than one-time stipends and bonuses. The panel advocates returning to the system of rewarding teachers for advanced education and masters degrees as well as creating career paths for advancement that don't remove good teachers from classrooms. Mentoring of new teachers by experienced ones was also encouraged. The commission also advocates recruiting a more diverse teaching force. You can read summaries of the commission's report here and here.