The White House on Wednesday announced a new public-private partnership with online recruiting firms Indeed, ZipRecruiter and Handshake to help schools fill crucial vacancies amid a nationwide teacher shortage.
The announcement comes ahead of a meeting Wednesday at the White House — hosted by First Lady Jill Biden, a longtime teacher and education advocate — to discuss staffing issues in schools across the country and how the government and the private sector can help.
“As children across the country begin the 2022-2023 school year, too many schools are struggling to fill teaching vacancies, including with qualified teachers and other essential school professionals – such as bus drivers, paraprofessionals, nurses and mental health professionals – positions that are critical to helping our students recover academically, access the mental health supports they need and thrive in and out of the classroom,” the White House said in a statement.
ZipRecruiter on Wednesday launched an online portal — SchoolJobsNearMe.com — specifically for K-12 teaching jobs, which schools, districts and states can use to list job vacancies for free. Indeed has announced virtual career fairs for educators nationwide and will allow participating groups to use their free suite of hiring tools to manage the hiring process from start to finish. Handshake will host a nationwide virtual event in October to help students learn about careers in education, from teaching roles to mental health specialists in schools.
“The talent shortage in education is a national crisis that could hamper the next generation of Americans, our students,” ZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel told USA Today, who first reported on the announcement. “Our nation’s children depend on us and we must all rise to the occasion.”
In the public sector, the secretaries of the Departments of Education and Labor sent a letter to state and local education officials urging them to participate in programs that could help raise teachers’ salaries, including using funds from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. , the American rescue plan. The Department of Labor is also committing more than $100 million in apprenticeship grants to expand programs that can grow the education workforce.
“Two of the most important steps states and districts can take to address these challenges are to provide affordable, high-quality pathways into the profession and to ensure that the teaching profession offers a decent and competitive salary,” said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Education Secretary Miguel. Cardona wrote, adding, “We call on states to take significant action and use available federal, state and local resources to ensure that prospective teachers will not face economic challenges as they pursue and enter the profession. teacher, so that all students have access to a high-quality education and the teaching workforce they need to succeed.
Wednesday’s summit is expected to include Dr. Biden, Secretaries Walsh and Cardona, Ambassador Susan Rice, the director of the Domestic Policy Council, executives from ZipRecruiter, Handshake and Indeed, as well as leaders from education groups like the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and Council of Public School Principals. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who chairs the National Governors Association, is also expected to attend.
According to a recent Department of Education survey, the average U.S. public school reported having 3.4 teaching vacancies in June 2022, with public schools planning to fill an average of three teaching vacancies for the year. school year 2022-23. Sixty-two percent of public schools said in June they were worried about filling vacancies.
According to the survey, 88% of public schools said teacher and staff burnout was a concern in the 2021-22 school year.