Alleviating the special education teacher and SISP shortage will require a multi-faceted approach. The shortage is exacerbated in two ways. Districts struggle to:
- Recruit professionals into their schools
- Retain professionals who are recruited
Local school districts, and state and federal agencies all have an important role to play in reducing the acute shortage of these professionals. As recommended by NCPSSERS, the following recruitment and retention strategies, and policy recommendations may be a helpful starting point for policymakers, and state and local school leaders to consider replicating.
System-wide comprehensive recruitment strategies that integrate efforts of capacity-building, support, compensation and advancement are needed to support special education teachers and SISP.
Comprehensive retention strategies for special education teachers and SISP.
Policy recommendations focused on identifying schools’ needs, professional licensure and accreditation, increasing funding, and professional development can help local, state and federal policymakers to recruit and retain special education teachers and SISP.