The Teacher Shortage Facing Bainbridge Island Schools
BSF is monitoring an alarming, nation-wide teacher shortage that is already impacting our community. We are working in partnership with the Bainbridge Island School District to craft a multi-year strategy to ensure we can attract and support the best teachers.
The Current Landscape in Washington
- 93 percent of school principals in Washington reported being in a “crisis mode” or “struggling” to find qualified certificated candidates.
- 80 percent of principals have had to hire under-qualified teachers and 74 percent actually had to substitute for a classroom teacher within a five-day period.
- 50 percent of teachers leave the profession in the first six years
How is the teacher shortage impacting Bainbridge Island?
- “There has been a significant drop in the number of applicants for general education positions over the last ten years, and most concerning, a large drop in the number of applicants over the past three years.” -Jim Corsetti, Principal, Sakai Intermediate School
- “Across all content and grade levels, but especially in the hard to fill positions like science, math and special education, I am seeing far fewer high quality teacher applicants apply for positions in our schools than five to ten years ago.” -Mike Florian, Principal, Woodward Middle School
- “Teachers have their choice of districts—as EVERY district is in need. They can ask for teacher support, a mentor, paid time for curriculum work, fewer preps, more planning time. I am guessing that some districts will think creatively to provide these things, as an incentive to join the staff.” Kristen Haizlip, Associate Principal, Bainbridge High School
How is our school district responding to the teacher shortage?
- This year, BISD will begin implementation of a formal mentoring and teacher-induction program to ensure we continue to attract and nurture the kind of teachers that provide our kids with an extraordinary education. This program will be modeled after the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s BEST (Beginning Educator Support Team) program. BSF is providing seed funding to help launch this initiative.
Other ways that we are responding to the shortage:
Focusing targeted efforts on recruitment like actively placing students teachers in our district and investigating alternative certification programs for community members who have a college degree and are interested in becoming a teacher.
Focusing targeted efforts on induction like creating a formal induction program that provides training and professional development to new teachers as well as an official mentor who can assist with planning and also provide observations and feedback on instruction.
Focusing targeted efforts on retention like supporting teachers to become National Board Certified and also providing teachers with the opportunity to act as teacher-leaders in the district (i.e. mentors to new teachers and student teachers, support National Board candidates, provide professional development training, etc.).
What can we do?
- Please donate to to BSF today. Your gift helps ensure our schools are strong for the long-term.