Nearly every state reports teacher shortages, and a 2016 report by the Learning Policy Institute suggests that one way to address this issue is offering scholarships.
Several organizations already offer scholarships for prospective educators; the Zeta National Education Foundation Inc. offers the Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics grants a Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarship, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association awards STEM Teacher Graduate Scholarships, to name just a few. These scholarships reduce the financial burden on potential teachers.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re happy to see this support for future teachers. However, we think that while offering scholarships is a great start at combatting the teacher shortage, other issues need to be addressed as well. (Click here for a previous blog that discusses some of the other contributing factors to the teacher shortage)
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