Future Educator Symposium April 29th

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Information provided by Chanda McDonnell, ROE #47

On Friday, April 29, Regional Office of Education #47 (ROE) serving Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties in partnership with Sauk Valley Community College will be holding the first Education Symposium for area high school students to explore the field of education.

Area 9-12 grade students from participating districts (locally: PLT #3, Morrison, Fulton, Sterling, and Rock Falls) who are interested in pursuing a career in education may attend the event at SVCC campus in Dixon from 8:30-1:30.

Students will participate in mock interviews with school administrators, hear from Illinois State Supt. of Schools Dr. Carmen Ayala, talk to college representatives from across the state, investigate various roles in education, and collect wisdom from retired teachers.

A ceremony to honor area students who have earned the Education Endorsement during high school will cap off the day. School districts partnering in this work include Dixon PSD #170, Rock Falls THSD #301, Morrison CUSD #6, River Bend CUSD #2, Amboy CUSD #272, Sterling CUD #5, Ashton-Franklin Center CUSD #275, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, Forrestville Valley CUSD #221, and Regional Center for Change.

The teacher shortage in Illinois is real. In a 2021 survey of superintendents in Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties, 87% of respondents stated that their districts were experiencing a teacher shortage and 18% of local positions went unfilled or were filled with less than qualified hires. Regional Office of Education #47 and Sauk Valley Community College are partnering to build Education Pathways for students to fill those gaps.

2021 Survey Results from Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools

ROE #47 Data – (Lee, Ogle, Whiteside Counties)

  • 87 percent say they have a teacher shortage problem
  • 83 percent say they have a substitute teacher shortage problem
  • 18 percent of posted teacher positions went unfilled or filled with a less than qualified hire
  • 74 percent say the teacher shortage problem is getting worse
  • 78 percent say they are concerned about future teacher shortages
  • 17 classes were canceled and 6 converted online because of shortages
  • 35 percent reported an administrator shortage problem, but 53 percent say they are concerned about future administrator shortages
  • 83 percent say the substitute teacher shortage is getting worse
  • 76 percent are concerned about future substitute shortages

Additional information will be provided at the event. For further information contact: Chanda McDonnell cmcdonnell@roe47.org 815.677.2457

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