There’s no silver bullet to solving the teacher shortage—the issue has to be addressed from many angles. Teachers need to be paid more, but they also need smaller class sizes, more support for students with behavior issues, respect from administrators and the public—and more, educators say.
Speaking from CEA headquarters in Hartford, CREC Education Association President and kindergarten teacher Lisa Cordova told Channel 3 that the needs of her students keep growing.
“I’ve always had a few students who needed extra attention,” she said. “But now there are many students who need extra attention.”
She sees new teachers who leave the profession after finding they lack the knowledge and support to teach so many students who need extra help.
The legislature’s Education Committee is working to address how the state can do a better job of attracting and retaining educators—and legislators need to hear from you.
Very few lawmakers have a background in education, says CEA President Kate Dias. “We teachers are the experts when it comes to our classrooms and our students, and we need to make sure legislators understand the realities of teaching today.”
Register to attend CEA’s Breakfast With Legislators on Saturday, February 4 to ensure you have an opportunity to share your story.
Watch Lisa Cordova on Channel 3 here.