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Homeroom with Education Leaders | Why Educators Are Leaving and How to Stem the Tide
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers, principals, and district leaders have shared stories of burnout and stress and expressed concerns around staying in their roles as schools attempt to recover from the learning loss and mental health impacts of the last two years. As we start to see evidence that educators are leaving their roles and states attempt to prepare for sharp increases in shortages, join us to hear from educators who decided to leave as they share their stories, followed by a discussion of how states are working to increase support for educators in order to boost retention and rebuild the workforce.

Jul 21, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Harrison Peters
CEO @Men of Color in Educational Leadership
Harrison Peters, CEO of MCEL and former State Turnaround Superintendent, Providence, RI. Harrison grew up in Pensacola, Florida. He was raised by his grandmother, who had only a 2nd grade education. As a result, he was completely dependent upon caring teachers to help him reach his academic potential. That’s why, for nearly two decades, Harrison has been fighting for children across the country. He began his career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Apopka, Florida. Since that formative time in the classroom, he served in many leadership roles (including Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, and Chief of Schools). His work in large complex school districts, including Charlotte Mecklenburg, Chicago Public, Houston Independent, and Hillsborough County (Tampa), afforded him the opportunities and challenges of helping to transform some of the toughest schools and school systems in the country.
Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II
Former Superintendent of Schools @Palm Beach County School District
Dr. Fennoy most recently served as the 26th Superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District - the 10th largest district in the country. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Fennoy served as the District’s Chief Operating Officer and is credited with significantly improving operational efficiencies. Before coming to Palm Beach County, Dr. Fennoy served as the Senior Area Superintendent of the South Learning Community for the Fulton County School District. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of the New Leaders for New Schools Maryland Program and as a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Dr. Fennoy graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Elementary Education. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Central Florida. Today, Dr. Fennoy serves as Superintendent in Residence/Board Member to multiple nonprofit and private companies.
Jonathan Song
Former Special Education Teacher @Los Angeles Unified School District
Jonathan Song is a rising third year law student interested in practicing Family Law and Education Law. Prior to law school, he taught for two years with Teach for America in Los Angeles. During this time, he also obtained his Master's in Urban Education with a concentration in Policy & Administration.
Dr. Margie Vandeven
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education @Missouri Department of Education
Dr. Margie Vandeven has more than 30 years of student-centered service in education. Commissioner Vandeven joined the Department in 2005. She was appointed Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education by the Missouri State Board of Education in December 2014 and served in that capacity until December 2017. She was reappointed in January 2019. During the interim, Vandeven worked as the director of educational partnerships for the SAS Institute in Cary, N.C. As commissioner, Dr. Vandeven works collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to improve educational opportunities for more than 918,000 Missouri students. Dr. Vandeven earned a bachelor’s degree in Missouri State University and a master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Saint Louis University and has been recognized by Missouri State University and St. Louis University as a distinguished alumna.