Shortage to Surplus: 5 Shifts to Address the National Educator Shortage


We know the educator shortage is a national crisis. As a national educational organization, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) has been addressing the issue on multiple fronts by dedicating resources, professional development, advocacy, and data to support our members. In February 2022, we realized it was time to do more. AASPA convened representatives from stakeholder organizations, including government, associations, nonprofits, preparation programs, and PK-12 education organizations to address shortages.


Let's move beyond surface-level shortage responses to examine deeper, systemic issues that contribute to mismatches between educator supply and demand.

The Five Shifts for Addressing the Educator Shortage outlines  comprehensive shifts that are presented in contrast to traditional calls to action. Each shift contains high-level recommendations, along with examples of actions that different stakeholder groups can take to address the educator shortage. Stakeholder groups can use and share these to chart a pathway forward.

NEW in 2023-2024!! We also highlight promising practices from higher education, PK-12 education organizations, preparation programs, state departments, and more.

Ensuring each student has the future they deserve requires disruptive change. It involves redesigning talent systems in education to create workplaces that both attract new people into education and retain those who want to stay.

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