Panel to address teacher shortage in Michigan

March 25, 2022
Written By:
Fernanda Pires


DATE: 7-8:15 p.m. April 6

EVENT: “The Teacher Shortage in Michigan: Framing Challenges, Envisioning Solutions”

The recruitment and retention of teachers is one of the many challenges facing schools in Michigan and nationwide. What do we know about the causes of what is being referred to as a teacher shortage? How are leaders in the state working to address this issue? What repercussions does this issue present for families and communities beyond the classroom walls?

The EdHub for Community and Professional Learning at the University of Michigan School of Education will host a town hall to discuss these and other questions including how the COVID-19 pandemic has added new complexity to these already sticky problems.

Invited panelists will share a range of perspectives and insights regarding the current situation in Michigan, as well as potential solutions and opportunities. Panelists include:

  • Arlyssa Heard, deputy director and lead parent organizer, 482Forward
  • Terrence Martin Sr., president, Detroit Federation of Teachers; vice president, American Federation of Teachers
  • Elizabeth Moje, dean, U-M School of Education
  • Dayna Polehanki, state senator, Michigan Legislature
  • Michael Rice, state superintendent, Michigan Department of Education

PLACE: This virtual event is free and open to the public. Register in advance. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.

SPONSOR: The EdHub for Community and Professional Learning is the U-M School of Education’s center of online learning for families, community advocates, educational professionals and policymakers. Its mission is to catalyze a global community committed to ensuring that all students experience the joy, power and love of learning.