How might COVID-19 impact the education profession? Two new briefs from a teaching & learning professor look to the future

Michael Rosenberg, professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning and former dean of the School of Education, is co-author of two recent issue briefs that consider how the coronavirus pandemic might impact teachers, students, school districts, teacher candidates and the education profession more broadly.

Addressing Shortages of Educators in an Uncertain COVID-19 Landscape: Viewing Teacher Candidates as Assets” focuses on how school districts and Education Prep Programs can leverage resources by viewing teacher candidates in field experiences as assets. It outlines specific ideas for how teacher candidates (i.e. student teachers) can contribute to districts during periods of remote instruction.

Selecting Career Changers with Real Potential for Teaching and Designing a Program to Meet Their Needs” considers ways in which the economic stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic may ultimately make teaching a more desired profession, particularly among professionals evaluating options for a career change. It also offers guidelines for identifying particularly strong candidates for beginning new careers in the teaching profession.

Both briefs are published by the CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida and by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research. The first brief, “Addressing Shortages of Educators,” was also published by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

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