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School of Education hosting working session to examine, ‘Teacher Labor Markets’

November 14, 2016

In honor of American Education Week, the UW-Madison School of Education is hosting a working session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to examine and address issues around teacher labor markets.

Panelists include School of Education faculty members Peter Goff and Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sheila Briggs with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Superintendent George Mavroulis from the Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District.

Education BuildingPanelists will draw upon their experiences and research to explore and discuss three main questions:

• What do we know about the teacher labor market?

• What more do we need to know?

• What might we do to attract and retain a high-quality, diverse teaching force?

The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room (Room 159) and will include a welcome from Dean Diana Hess. A panel discussion will run from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., with a question-and-answer session moderated by Hess to follow.

Attendees will then break into groups from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. to work through the main questions and brainstorm possible actions. Over the final 15 minutes, the groups will share their ideas about how to address these issues.

Educators from at least 13 school districts around Wisconsin are expected to attend. Although this free event is designed for superintendents, policymakers, school leaders and personnel administrators, all are welcome to attend.

About the panelists

Briggs is Wisconsin’s Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the Division of Academic Excellence. She will discuss trends in the Wisconsin teacher work force

Goff is an assistant professor with the UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He will talk about his research regarding teacher labor markets that he worked on using data from the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN)

Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and InstructionEducational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She will discuss her study that looks at why students of color select or do not select various teacher education programs.

And Mavroulis, the superintendent of the Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District, will talk about the challenges and successes of recruiting and retaining a high-quality, diverse teaching force.

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