Miguel Cardona, U.S. education secretary, on Thursday outlined a strategy to address the national teaching shortage that rose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has recommended improvements to teacher-preparation programs, support for specialty teaching areas and assistance to help teachers pay off student loan debt.
The department released a fact sheet that demonstrated how colleges and universities can use American Rescue Plan funding to make investments in the teaching workforce to help combat the teaching shortage. Actions include increasing wages, expanding loan forgiveness or scholarship programs for the teaching field, increasing state and institutional partnerships, and early teaching mentorship programs.
Additionally, the letter outlined federal grant opportunities that can be used to access additional federal resources to further address the teacher shortage. These grants include funding for professional development, education and preparation; funding to target teacher hires from underserved communities; and improvements to teacher residency programs.