In April, through the 2019 Symposia Series — Effective Personnel for ALL: Attract, Prepare, Retain, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) kicked off a focused effort to support States in their work to address personnel shortages. The Series focused on three critical areas: attracting new personnel to the field, preparing them for a successful career, and retaining them longer term. It explored what we know from existing evidence and established best practices, as well as innovative approaches across the country that are making a difference. If you have not been able to participate in this year’s Symposia Series, we invite you to view the archived events at the Virtual Symposia Series webpage.
OSEP also continues to engage in a variety of activities designed to support States in addressing personnel shortages, including working with OSEP-funded national centers on providing technical assistance to support States’ efforts to attract, prepare and retain an effective education workforce. OSEP is also working with relevant stakeholders, including researchers, national organizations, and practitioners, to synthesize and share innovative solutions that are making a difference in assisting States in their efforts to build and sustain a strong, effective educator workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to provide the quality education each child deserves.
This blog is meant to further these efforts by soliciting your feedback. We invite you to share your thoughts on how we can best support States in their work to Attract, Prepare, and Retain Effective Personnel. Sharing your challenges and successes can make a difference for others facing similar challenges.
Although we will not respond to individual comments on the blog, OSEP values your feedback and will give careful consideration to all the input we receive. Submitting comments is voluntary and subject to ED blog comment policies.
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