I saw this picture posted above by Wendy Zdeb showing a very low turnout at a recent MSU job fair for new teachers. She said it broke her heart to see this because in the 80's and 90's this event would have been packed with new teacher candidates looking for teaching positions. I also ran across a video (https://www.facebook.com/ATTNVideo/videos/1684951141809840/) on Facebook yesterday where it stated that enrollment in teacher training programs is down 35%, and then it went on to explain some reasons why that may be so.
As a 31 year veteran teacher, I know we are currently facing very challenging times in education. I've heard many teachers and other educators say that they are encouraging family members and others to avoid going into teaching as a possible career choice. This is where I disagree.
Now, more than ever, we need to be attracting strong, determined teaching candidates that will be up to meeting many of the challenges we currently face. Too much is at stake! Our schools need to remain strong if we are to have a strong future in our country. To do that we need to continue to staff our schools with the best teachers we can. Teachers that continue to have passion, purpose, vision and integrity to model to their students each day as they help prepare them to become successful and productive citizens and adults.
I believe we need to create a team of educators that still love and believe in this profession that are willing to come together as ambassadors for teaching. This team could go out to help recruit and retain strong teaching candidates that are willing to come in to teaching with open eyes ready to take on and conquer the many challenges we face in education today and any future ones we may face.
As I prepare to retire soon from teaching, I would like to dedicate the next 10-20 years of my life working with such a team to help recruit and serve future teachers. It would be an honor to go out and share my love and passion for teaching with those thinking about joining one of the most challenging and rewarding professions I can think of.
Working together, I am confident we can fill the hallways at MSU's next job fair for new teachers and many other teaching job fairs around the country!
Originally posted on LinkedIN by:Bill Cecil
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