Miss. teacher shortage headlines WCU’s 2023 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Conference

Carey hosts teacher recruitment/retention conference
Published: Feb. 9, 2023 at 3:04 AM CST
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - William Carey University hosted the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Conference Wednesday morning

Education professionals from across Mississippi attended the event to share strategies about how to combat the state’s teacher shortage and how to inspire people to choose a career in the classroom.

“To grow your own is another strategy that we are strongly discussing,” said WCU’s Assistant Dean of School of Education, Dr. Eddie Peasant. “Some of our remote communities around our state having trouble recruiting people just to come and live in those communities, so we feel that the best strategy to get teachers in your school are using hometown people.”

Attendees also participated in breakout sessions presented by state and district leaders and a panel discussion with teacher academy students.

“It’s so important with our big and ambitious goals to serve the needs of our students across our state,” said Jackson Public School Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Michael Cormack. “We need a quality teacher in every classroom.”

This was the second year for the conference.

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