Across the U.S., schools are experiencing a severe shortage of qualified teachers—an academic crisis that’s been on the rise for several years. Data shows that widespread vacancies and the lack of prospective teachers have led to non-teaching staff working outside of their intended duties, increased class sizes, and sharing of teachers across multiple schools. The COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about health and safety contribute to the teacher shortage, but other factors that continue to bolster this issue include:
- Increased demand: The need for more teachers has risen alongside the steadily growing student population.
- Teacher attrition: Burnout, low salaries, and challenging work conditions are among the top reported reasons for teachers completely leaving the teaching profession.
- Licensing and certification barriers: Stringent licensing and certification requirements can be an obstacle to those considering a teaching career.
While this crisis is chronic and complex, many school districts are seeking ways to alleviate the challenges teachers are facing while enhancing students’ academic experience. The Learning Hub—a free pilot program that features an extensive online library with lessons across all major K-12 subjects—is one promising initiative gaining traction across the nation that aims to support teachers, parents, and students. Here’s how:
- Reduces teacher workload: Teachers can access resources, lesson plans, and teaching materials—created to help teachers focus more on instruction and classroom time and less on administrative tasks.
- Fosters collaboration: Be a part of a supportive and passionate community of educators. Here, teachers can collaborate and share best practices and other helpful resources.
- Provides Accessibility: Most importantly, the Learning Hub is free to use and every resource is available to all teachers, regardless of location.
Not only does the Learning Hub support teachers, but parents can also use these resources to support learning at home. Students can explore topics through short, engaging 5-to-ten-minute lessons that complement the curriculum at K12-powered schools. But these lessons, which range from expert-guided videos to hands-on exercises, can be used by all students whether they attend school in-person or online or are homeschooled.
As the teacher shortage persists throughout the U.S., we must find innovative solutions that help educators and students. With the Learning Hub, teachers can receive much-needed support as they take on larger class sizes and additional work, allowing them to put the focus on what matters most—students.