Wisconsin leaders seek input on how to attract, retain teachers

Fewer people are choosing teaching as a career across the country and Wisconsin is no different.

The number of people enrolling in teacher education programs at the University of Wisconsin system is declining.

The UW system created a task force in January to look at ways to recruit and retain teachers.

The Dean of the College of Education at U-W Eau Claire is one of the eight members on the task force. She says the highest need for teachers in Wisconsin is in rural communities and in certain content areas like special education and science.

“It’s a two-part issue. it’s about attracting young people to come into the profession. But then it’s also about helping teachers stay in teaching,” said Carmen Manning, dean for the college of education at UW-Eau Claire.

The state of Wisconsin is looking for public input on this topic. The task force members want ideas on how to raise public opinion for teachers and school leaders in Wisconsin.

A listening session will take place Monday evening on the UW-Eau Claire campus. It will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m at UW-Eau Claire’s Centennial Hall room 1804.

If you can’t attend the meeting, the public is encouraged to give their input online. More information can be found here: wisconsin.edu/teacher-education/.

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