Teacher Shortages: Paving the Road to the Teaching Profession through Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs

Thursday February 8, 2024
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Many school systems face significant challenges in attracting and retaining teachers and preexisting teacher shortages in critical areas have only been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These shortages have a direct impact on educational opportunity for students, and shortages disproportionately impact students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students from rural communities. A Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program (RTAP) is an effective, high-quality “earn and learn” model that provides structured, paid on-the-job learning experiences combined with job-related technical instruction with a mentor that leads to a nationally recognized credential. Since the state of Tennessee announced its first in the nation Department of Labor approved Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program in January of 2022, 28 states and Washington, DC now have approved registered teacher apprenticeships. Join us to learn more about how the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor are joining forces to support Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs as a proven strategy for to attracting, preparing, supporting, and retaining diverse, well-prepared teachers. You will also hear from leaders and participants in the Wyoming Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program about how their program is helping them to address teacher shortages.

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