U.S. Department of Education Hosts Regional Convenings in Chicago to Spur Action by States to Eliminate Educator Shortages

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U.S. Department of Education Hosts Regional Convenings in Chicago to Spur Action by States to Eliminate Educator Shortages

Teams from 25+ states, D.C., and American Samoa gather at three regional convenings to support efforts to improve teacher recruitment and retention by increasing teacher pay, promoting educator diversity, and expanding high-quality and affordable pathways

On June 13-14, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) will host the second of three Regional Convenings to Support State Action to Advance the Education Professions in Chicago with a focus on Midwest to Northeastern states.

The three convenings are bringing together key leaders from across over 25 states, D.C. and American Samoa in cross-sector state leadership teams to learn from each other about effective efforts by states to increase educator compensation, expand access to high-quality and affordable pathways into the education professions, and increase educator diversity. The opening remarks will feature the Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development Roberto J. Rodriguez and Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Sanders. The opening remarks and session, also featuring leadership from The Hunt Institute and TEACH.org, are open to reporters.

Illinois is among the diverse states undertaking high-impact work to advance the teaching profession, which will be presented at the convening. Other states to be highlighted over the three convenings include Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Washington. The first convening, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 29 and 30, focused on the Western states and a third and final convening will be held in Jackson, Mississippi on June 20 and 21, focused on the Southern states. These convenings are hosted in partnership with The Hunt Institute and TEACH.org.

For more information on the Department’s comprehensive efforts to eliminate educator shortages, see https://www.ed.gov/raisethebar/educators.

Who :

Roberto J. Rodriguez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Tony Sanders, Illinois State Superintendent of Education
Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, President and CEO, Hunt Institute
Zachary Levine, Founding Executive Director of TEACH.org

What :

Opening Session

When :

8:30–9:30 a.m. CT
*Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. CT*

PRESS:
If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.

Where :

University of Illinois Chicago
Academic Research Complex
940 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois