New NCTAF Report – Learning Teams: Creating What’s Next

WASHINGTON – April 7, 2009 – The nation stands to lose half of its teachers to retirement over the next decade, but states and districts have an opportunity to avert the crisis, according to a report released today by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF). The report – Learning Teams: Creating What’s Next – finds that over 50 percent of the nation’s teachers and principals are Baby Boomers. During the next four years our nation’s schools could lose a third of their most accomplished educators to retirement. The wave of departures will peak during the 2010-11 school year, when over one hundred thousand veteran teachers could leave. In less than a decade, more than half of today’s teachers – 1.72 million – could be gone. The report also urges the development and adoption of a new approach to teacher deployment that mobilizes learning teams comprised of new teachers, teacher mentors, and teacher retirees in new roles to better prepare today’s students for college, the workforce and citizenship.

Read the full report here.

A snapshot of state-by-state teacher demographics.

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Media Coverage:

New York Times; Report Envisions Shortage of Teachers as Retirements Escalate

USA Today; A ‘Tsunami’ of Boomer Teacher Retirements Is on the Horizon

The Plain Dealer; National Wave of Teacher Retirements May Be Slower in Ohio
CBS Evening News With Katie Couric (video); Mass Exodus of Teachers

Detroit Free Press; Nation’s Teachers Getting Older, Study Finds; Intergenerational Learning Teams to Revitalize Education

Annapolis Capital; State Addresses Teacher Shortage Trends
Memphis Commercial Appeal; Aging Teachers Hear Retirement Bell

United Press International; ‘Tsunami’ of Teacher Retirements Coming
Washington, D.C. Examiner; Baby Boomer Teacher Retirements a Concern

WBZTV; Schools Faced with Mass Teacher Retirements


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