Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz released the final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators today. The report contains eight strategies and action steps for systematically addressing Indiana’s teacher shortage.
“Every child in Indiana deserves to have high-quality educators in their classroom,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “With fewer individuals entering the education profession and remaining in the profession long-term, it is critical that Indiana implement the strategies developed by the Blue Ribbon Commission. I look forward to continuing to work with the Indiana General Assembly to pass legislation to ensure that Hoosier students continue to have excellent teachers in their schools.”
The Commission recommended strategies related to mentoring, compensation, evaluation and assessment, a diverse workforce, clinical experiences, positive press, professional development and career pathways and leadership. These recommendations provide support for the education profession as well as enhance local control for schools and corporations to support their staff. Recruitment and retention strategies were developed for each of the four stages of the teaching profession: recruitment, pre-service, induction and career.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators was created by Superintendent Ritz in 2015 in response to data that showed a more than 30% decline in the number of individuals receiving initial practitioner teaching licenses. The Commission was co-chaired by Superintendent Ritz and Dr. Maryann Santos de Barona, Dean of Purdue University’s College of Education. Commission members included educators, key education stakeholders and legislators, specifically Representatives Truitt and Porter.
A copy of the final Blue Ribbon Commission report is provided below. Additional information about the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators can be found here: www.doe.in.gov/blueribbon.