Leading up to the 2020–21 school year, Colorado schools sought to fill 6,910 teaching positions representing 12.44% of all teaching positions in the state. Of those positions, 1,128 remained unfilled or were filled through a shortage mechanism (e.g., long-term substitutes, retired educators, alternative/emergency authorizations). The ability of schools and districts to retain teachers reduces the demand and expense related to recruitment, and limits the negative impact teacher turnover has on student achievement and school improvement efforts, particularly in the lowest performing schools and in high-poverty, high-minority school communities.
R12CC is supporting the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and its stakeholders to develop Geographic Information System (GIS) maps to explore the influences of place on educator shortages in the state. The custom-designed GIS maps incorporate a variety of demographic, socioeconomic, and talent management data, including trend data, allowing stakeholders to explore relationships and patterns among data and identify possible bright spots where specific workforce pipeline approaches or strategies may have been effective.
Through facilitated data analysis, identification of effective/evidence-based approaches, and a report on Colorado bright spots, R12CC will assist CDE and education stakeholders to better understand factors contributing to educator shortage and retention challenges, and identify and share effective locally driven practices.
R12CC is also assisting CDE to update the Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework to support continuous improvement in student reengagement and recovery efforts. While Colorado’s dropout rate is at its lowest (1.8%) point in a decade, it has remained fairly stationary over those years. However, disruptions due to COVID-19 threaten to increase the dropout rate, potentially exceeding the 8,561 students who dropped out last school year.
To update the framework, R12CC is supporting CDE through multiple and iterative interdependent processes, including the facilitated identification of framework content and format revisions, aligning the framework to other departmental frameworks, collecting input from internal stakeholders on framework updates, and the formation of external stakeholder outreach and implementation plans. Collectively, these processes will help create an updated framework that is innovative, adaptive, and responsive to student needs.
GIS Map Exploration and Application Resources
Are you grappling with educator shortages and turnover in your work or perhaps you would like to help those who are? Do you wonder whether variables such as teacher supply, working conditions, or school
Strengthening the Colorado Educator Workforce Pipeline: Facilitating GIS Map Exploration and Application
This R12CC resource includes a facilitator’s guide and workbook to assist teams of Colorado stakeholders to understand how to use the geographic information system (GIS) map to identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen the
Addressing Educator Workforce Shortages: Colorado Bright Spots
Districts and schools in Colorado that have experienced success with retaining teachers through effective strategies in schools with high-need populations and geographic factors associated with lower retention rates are highlighted in this “Bright Spots”
Engaging with the Field in Colorado: Educator Workforce and Dropout Prevention
R12CC is supporting Colorado education stakeholders to utilize a customized geographic information system (GIS) map and related evidence on effective strategies to strengthen the educator workforce pipeline. Recent accomplishments include updates and enhancements to the GIS map and facilitation of
Engaging Colorado Stakeholders in Developing Place-Based Solutions
On April 20, 2021, the R12CC hosted a webinar titled “Strengthening the Educator Workforce Pipeline—Free Resources and Supports for Tackling Educator Shortages” in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. Education stakeholders from across Colorado were introduced to tools available
New Project Launched: Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework Update and Refresh
R12CC’s newest and second Colorado project—the Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework Update and Refresh Project—has formally launched. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) developed the Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework in 2010 featuring methods and strategies to prevent school dropout and increase
Addressing Educator Workforce Shortages: A State Comparison Brief
A talented educator workforce is an essential foundation for improving educational outcomes for students. As such, securing teachers at all levels of the educator pipeline (recruitment, preparation, and retention) is necessary for student success.
Bright Spots Highlight Effective Pipeline Strategies
R12CC staff are supporting the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and its stakeholders to use geographic information systems (GIS) to map a variety of demographic, socioeconomic, and talent management data, including trend data, in order to explore the influences of