In September 2016 the article, “Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It's Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage,” states, “Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen some 35 percent over the past five years — a decrease of nearly 240,000 teachers in all.” According to Eric Westervelt, author for National Public Radio (NPR), this is just one of the many issues our schools have been having for years. Although it is close to being a year later since the article was written, the teacher shortage crisis is not even close to being fixed.
The article discusses the issues of the national teacher shortage and quotes Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute and founder of Stanford University's Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.
Along with the drastic teacher shortage figures, Linda Darling-Hammond says, “Data shows that 1 in 5 teachers in high-minority schools and high-poverty schools is unprepared for teaching.”
So, how does PCG Education solve these problems?
EdForce™ is PCG’s innovative educational staffing suite that enables schools and districts to place qualified teachers and instructional staff quickly, filling critical vacancies. As a leading provider of both large and small scale educational solutions, we have the latitude to provide the right educator for the highest results.
EdForce™ provides non-traditional candidates, those that did not complete a teacher preparation program, a foot in the door into the teaching profession at no cost to the candidate. This means they don’t need to complete a teacher prep program to start teaching. Not only does EdForce™ offer a foot in the door, but also validates K-12 professional development for first year teachers. Combined with 1:1 on the job coaching and mentoring, instructors are successful in their first year of teaching and beyond.