Thanks to a new campaign, the best and brightest minds in our country might be heading back to school. Instead of taking tests, however, they’ll be the ones running the show.
The new TEACH campaign from the Department of Education is hoping to attract a new breed of teachers to the field. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has teamed up with teachers’ unions, Teach for America and other groups to target ambitious students that have rarely gravitated toward teaching in the past.
According to Duncan, as many as one million teachers could retire in the next few years. Crazy, right? The TEACH campaign just began a promotional rollout that will see PSAs aired on TV, Twitter and other media. The recently updated website now offers testimonials from teachers, advice on how to join the ranks of those on the forefront of education and scholarship information.
If the campaign does succeed in attracting new teachers, they will still have to grapple with the issues of mentorship and induction programs, career growth, and better pay. Although the campaign acknowledges many changes will have to be made in the coming years regarding education in America, the Department of Education believes teaching should be seen as a “badge of honor.”
It’s not “something to run away from,” Duncan said. “You prove yourself, you prove your talent, you prove your passion, and then you have the privilege, the opportunity to work in communities that need it the most.”
Think you’re up for the challenge? You can find ways to become a teacher here. Not interested in being a teacher but want to support education? Check out the action widgets below to see which organizations are out to school the world.
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