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WVU experts say University can help solve state teacher shortage crisis

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West Virginia University experts Erin McHenry-Sorber and Matthew Campbell say that WVU can be a key player in solving the teacher shortage crisis, which has several causes including higher salaries and different hiring timelines in bordering states and the rural nature of most West Virginia school systems. 

Erin McHenry-Sorber
Assistant Professor
Higher Education Administration
WVU College of Education and Human Services

“Research shows that perhaps the best approach to solving the complex teacher-shortage issue requires the collaboration across higher education institutions, K-12 schools, state policymakers and regional leaders. As the state’s land grant university, engagement with this issue serves as a core mission and the institution is poised to serve as an equal partner to help address local, regional and state needs regarding teachers and ultimately the educational lives of our state’s youth.”

McHenry-Sorber discusses alternative certifications for teachers (1:53)
McHenry-Sorber discusses WVU as solution to state-wide problem (0:53)
McHenry-Sorber discusses education in rural communities (0:34)

Matthew Campbell
Assistant Professor
Secondary Mathematics Education
WVU College of Education and Human Services

“Only a few areas across West Virginia are seeing an increase in student population and most areas are seeing a notable decrease. So, to have a growing teacher shortage in a context where we essentially need fewer teachers is particularly striking. The areas of the state most in need of teachers are the areas with the lowest percentage of college-bound students and college graduates.”

Campbell discusses teacher shortage and retention (6:04)

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