Not sure whether you want to become a teacher? Here are just a few of the many reasons you should consider becoming a change-maker in education.
Be an Inspiration: Teachers are inspiring people. Sure, they may grade a lot of papers, but they also change lives. While not always immediately obvious or rewarding, the craft of teaching has a long history of cultivating change-makers. Be a change-maker — be a teacher.
Address the Dropout Crisis: As a teacher, you can become a major part of intervention strategies in middle and high school such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time. You can make a difference and help ensure that every student who is willing to persist has a chance to graduate.
Address the Teacher Shortage Crisis: As a country we are facing an enormous shortage of teachers. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, more teachers are expected to retire between 2010 and 2020 than any decade of the past sixty years, over 270,000 K-12 teachers must be hired this year simply to replace those who have retired or left the profession. Between now and 2020, somewhere between 2.9 and 5.1 million new teachers will be need to be hired.
Expand High-Quality After-school Opportunities: Serve students by hosting and collaborating in after-school opportunities that help students build skills, participate in projects, contribute to their communities and, ultimately, impact their world. Students are much more than their test scores — you can help prove it.
Support College Outreach Programs: Work with your local school system to support outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college.
Make College A Reality: Teach students and help them graduate to AP or college-level classes. Encourage great learning that makes scholarships attainable, academics enjoyable, and college a reality.
Support English Language Learners: Work with transitional bilingual education and assist Limited English Proficient students complete school and become functioning members of society. ESL Teachers are needed!
Improve and expand math and science education: Our students are falling woefully behind in math and science. Become a teacher in one of these high need areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM) and work to ensure that all children, at all grade levels, have access to a strong math and science curriculum.