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February 28, 2024

Episode 6: The Teacher Shortage with Chandler USD

Having quality, dedicated teachers in our building is the first step towards creating successful classrooms filled with happy, thriving students. But with the ongoing teacher shortage, that feels practically impossible.

Join Chandler Unified School District Human Resources administrator Abby Druck and BetterLesson Instructional Coach Melissa Linton for a conversation endorsed by ASA (Arizona School Administrators). You’ll hear about how to tackle the unique challenges of the teacher shortage—teacher retention and turnover, supporting new teachers, training alternative pathway or foreign teachers—all while maintaining a positive campus climate to prevent burnout.

Key Takeaways:

  • How personalized professional learning can help with retention.
  • Supporting teachers who have joined via alternative pathways or from another country. What do these teachers need to know before entering the classroom?
  • What does formal, ongoing training of our veteran teachers and leaders look like?
  • Addressing teacher AND leader burnout

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About our guests:

Melissa Linton joins us all the way from Alaska and has been an instructional coach and facilitator for BetterLesson for 3 years, but prior to that, Melissa was in education for over 30 years, in all roles from teacher to district administrator. She is passionate about professional learning.

Abby Druck has been working for Chandler Unified School District for over 20 years.  She started her career as an elementary school teacher, and has served as a Dean of Students, Principal, and now Director of Human Resources for Professional Pathways.   Her favorite part of her current position is having opportunities to collaborate with educators in and out of CUSD in an effort to support best practices for staff that in turn provide optimal outcomes for students!

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