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HR Gets Creative to Fill Teacher Shortage

The Green Bay area public school district in Wisconsin is dealing with a shortage of teachers who are opting for the private sector. So reports NBC26.

“In some cases we have had to have teachers take on an additional class to make sure we have all the classes that we want to offer,” said Jean Marsch, the school district’s chief human resources officer.

Marsch’s school district is like others nationwide that are encountering a shortage of teachers, forcing her and other district officials to come up with ways to ensure students aren’t shortchanged. Districts are trying to ensure that teachers’ salaries and benefits stay competitive, while looking for ways to attract younger educators.

Some subject areas facing teacher shortages and that are attractive to the private sector include technology education, family and consumer sciences, special education, math and Spanish or bilingual education. “We’re working very hard to make sure that the teacher's practice environment is one that’s supportive of them,” Marsch said. “We do a great deal of collaboration among teachers and their leaders in the schools.”

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