Serious Teacher Shortage in Illinois Continues to Grow

By Angela Kerndl  A statewide study from regional school superintendents found that Illinois’ serious teacher shortage continues to worsen, especially in school districts in central and southern Illinois. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, representing the leaders of Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers in all 102 Illinois counties, heard from...

Inspiring Teacher Receives Award

By Joe Dejka It’s hard to keep a secret in an elementary school, but this time it worked. Teacher Rebecca Streff said she was “clueless” before the big announcement on Monday that she received a Milken Educator Award — the only one in Nebraska this year. When a Milken Family Foundation official attending an...

Can the Gig Economy Help Alleviate Teacher Shortages?

By Evan Erdberg  If you are facing a teacher shortage in your state, you are not alone. Many states are experiencing a worsening teacher shortage, according to the Learning Policy Institute. Some of this is because of declining enrollments in teacher education, which decreased 35 percent between 2009 and 2014. Additionally, demand for teachers grew...