Are you a college, middle or high school student thinking about your future?
Are you an adult considering a career change?
If you’re searching for future job ideas, or thinking about a career switch, take a look at teaching.
Teaching is a stable and rewarding profession, and with a teacher shortage on the horizon, it’s also an in-demand profession.
The federal government projects that New York’s student enrollment will grow by 2 percent by 2024, with high-need school districts seeing the biggest increases. State education officials estimate that in the next decade, New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers.
After sounding the alarm last year about the looming teacher shortage — which many districts have already begun experiencing — New York State United Teachers launched “Take a Look at Teaching” to help prospective teachers learn more about the profession. If you’re interested in taking the first step toward becoming an educator in New York state, NYSUT is ready to help.
There’s no better time than now to “Take a Look at Teaching."
About the 'Take a Look at Teaching' Initiative
NYSUT is launching a new initiative this fall to strengthen teacher recruitment efforts and elevate the profession as a whole.
“Take a Look at Teaching” will target college, middle and high school students; adult career changers; and individuals already working in the education field and encourage them to consider a career in teaching.
It's an effort to counteract a “perfect storm” of factors contributing to the teacher shortage, including plummeting enrollment in teacher education programs and an aging population of veteran educators, according to NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango.
In addition, NYSUT is working hard to change the state’s disastrous APPR teacher evaluation system, which has further discouraged people from entering or staying in the profession, DiBrango noted.
“NYSUT sounded the alarm last year about the looming teacher shortage, and many districts have already begun experiencing recruitment problems in certain subject and geographic areas,” DiBrango said. “We have to act now.”
Starting this fall, the initiative will feature campus conversations, a series of regional summits for students and educators hosted by P–12 and higher education locals across the state.
A new section on the NYSUT website will help candidates navigate the process of becoming a teacher, and provide inspiration for those entering the profession. Information will range from facts about teacher education programs, teacher certification and student loan forgiveness, to educator testimonials about what teaching means to them.
"Take a Look at Teaching" will also place a special focus on increasing racial and ethnic diversity within the teaching field.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s annual report, The Condition of Education 2018, although nationally 51 percent of students in grades K–12 are children of color, 80 percent of all public school teachers are white. And student diversity is only expected to grow as the percentage of white students enrolled in public schools is projected to decline through at least 2025.
“Having diverse teachers benefits all students,” said DiBrango.