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Teachable Moments: Teacher shortages


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

Teachers are getting ready to pack up their classrooms for the summer, but many will not return in the fall. 

Research indicates that low pay and increased scrutiny of teachers and their methods have caused a nationwide shortage. Forty-five percent of schools in the country are understaffed -- South Carolina alone there were 924 teacher departures between September 2023 and February 2024. 

It's increasingly recognized that recruiting and retaining teachers is paramount. Innovative strategies like targeting working adults seeking career transitions offer promising avenues to address this challenge and assure sustainable future for education.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.