Governor Youngkin addresses teacher shortage

Governor Glenn Youngkin’s initiatives to address the statewide teacher shortage includes attempts to address learning loss.

An email from the Governor outlines his initiatives to address the teacher shortage as follows.

The directive includes expediting teaching and renewal licenses to let high quality teachers teach.

Create a no cost apprenticeship program that targets teacher recruitment and retention efforts in communities most in need.

Connect teachers with child care options and build the early childhood educator pipeline by training high school students to be childcare specialists.

The governor’s directive hopes to collect and provide accurate, timely data on teaching positions in hopes of gathering information on what is working for teachers and what isn’t working.

Youngkin hopes this method will better recruit and retain teachers and address shortage when they occur.

All those objectives were in the governor’s Executive Directive 3 signed last week.

The “Bridging the Gap” initiative also went into effect at the same time which provides individualized student data.

In theory, that will empower all involved to make the best decisions for the student.

This initiative will also ensure that students not on track have information to address learning gaps.

This “Bridging the Gap” initiative also hopes to provide comprehensive training to enable teachers to convey to parents and students academic shortfalls.

The Governor was at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County signing his Executive Directive last week.

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