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Ohio educators need to focus on pay, work-life balance to answer teacher shortage, DPS chief says – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio




WEST CHESTER — Ohio’s school systems must review teacher salaries to ensure fairness at all levels and find ways to improve work-life balance for those in school, the Superintendent of Education said Friday. Dayton Public Schools, Elizabeth Lolli.

Lolli offered the comments at a meeting of Southwestern Ohio educators hosted by the University of Miami to discuss ideas for addressing the national teacher shortage. The session took place at the Voice of America Miami Learning Center in West Chester, Butler County.

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According to new data, 53% of U.S. public schools reported feeling understaffed heading into the 2022-23 school year.

“We have a lot of people leaving before retirement,” Julia Indalecio, a Cincinnati public schools official, told News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis.

“We need people who think outside the box, who think creatively about each student and how they learn,” said Indalecio, Director of Talent, Acquisition and Talent at CPS.

The United States Government Accountability Office has pointed to some reasons for teacher recruitment and retention difficulties:

◊ A negative perception of the teaching profession

◊ School culture in the workplace

◊ Teacher compensation

Lolli, superintendent of DPS since 2018, said high-quality teachers ultimately deliver high-quality education to students.

“If we don’t provide that, we’re just increasing the haves and have-nots in this country and we’ll quickly see that we don’t have a workforce, we don’t have people who can make jobs that are needed in technology, jobs that are needed in the medical field,” she said.

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Lolli suggests taking a look at teachers’ salaries statewide and making sure there’s fairness across the board and also finding ways to improve work-life balance to people in education.

“I think the other thing we need to do is we need to start rethinking the way we do education,” she said.

Leaders mentioned the importance of strengthening the pipeline for students interested in teaching, Middletown City Schools Superintendent Marlon Styles said, and making sure students see themselves represented in matters as well. of education.

“When it comes to our young men of color, they need to see themselves in the profession with people who look like them, talk like them, dress like them, have hair that looks exactly like theirs, representation account,” he said.

Friday’s meeting was the first of five regional meetings scheduled to be held across Ohio in late October to address the teacher shortage, which state officials are calling a statewide crisis. . The meetings will include approximately 100 stakeholders from early and higher education, local communities, business and industry, and government to generate opportunities for recruiting and retaining quality teachers.

Allison Miller, a 21-year-old student teacher, said it was hard to see these problems, but she wanted to be part of the solution.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher because I love the idea of ​​inspiring the next generation,” she says. “It’s close to my heart. I know it’s something I’m passionate about.”