New Report Out Today on the
Future of SC's Teaching Profession

A new report published by ALL4SC is out today - The Future of South Carolina's Teaching Profession: Addressing Teacher Shortages and Accelerating Student-Led Learning. Authored by Barnett Berry, Debra Hamm, and Lesley Snyder, this report provides a snapshot of South Carolina's current teaching profession and addresses where it needs to go, imploring a consideration for a true evolution of the teaching job.

Over the last nine months, a USC research team, with philanthropic support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, worked closely with three partner districts (Charleston, Fairfield, and Pickens) and a small group of advisors, while conducting focus group interviews with almost 100 South Carolina teachers and principals. Aided by these SC educators' insights and national research, the report's authors formed this analysis of the teaching profession.

A robust set of "what is" and "what could be" elements shaped a framework for the future of the teaching profession, with critical elements including recruitment, professional learning, teacher leadership, compensation, and more. Based on the research findings, the team identified two exemplars - one from Arizona and the Next Education Workforce Initiative and the other from Singapore - to help inform a preliminary framework for moving forward and rethinking the job of teaching as teams of teachers with multiple career pathways.

The report also provides background for legislative action in the 2023 session. In January 2023, Senator Greg Hembree (R-Horry, Dillon) and Representative Tim McGinnis (R-Horry) will lead three policy sessions with local and state leaders. These sessions, using data supplied by the report, will complement the efforts of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Task Force established in the state budget. 

Our state's 730,000 students deserve no less than ensuring a high-quality teacher in the classroom, now and in the future. South Carolina teachers and administrators are ready to evolve the teaching profession.  

Read the full report and its highlights now. 

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