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What About the National Teacher Shortage? A Look at This Topic Through an Equity Lens
As most narratives suggest, America is suffering from a national teacher shortage. In fact researchers have found that the national k-12 labor market shrank from about 9 percent from March to May of 2020. During the next event in PUSH Excel’s Critical Thinking Series Entitled Redefining America’s Education Agenda, a group of highly distinguished panelists will engage in spirited dialogue in an effort to accomplish the objectives:

**Examine the factors that have significantly contributed to the national teacher shortage from a historical perspective.

**Discuss what we know about teacher shortages nationally and in specific locations and academic subjects.

**Identify barriers to preparing, recruiting and retaining strong and racially diverse teachers.

**Outline what is referred to as the root causes and underlying conditions that ensure that teachers of color remain in the profession.

**Suggest more comprehensive and equitable ways of addressing the shortages.

**Provide policy considerations related to accomplishing equity based objectives relevant to resolving issues around this topic.

Come be a part of the discussion as Dr. Sonya Whitaker, National Director for Educational Policy for PUSH Excel, moderates the following panel:

- Shaun Nelms, Superintendent of Educational Partnership Organization
- Devin Del Palacio - Chairman, National Black Council of School Board Members
- Dr. Tony Sanders - Superintendent, Elgin School District U46
- Dr. Donna Leak - Superintendent CCSD 168 & Vice Chair, Illinois State Board of Education

Hosted by:
Rev Jesse L Jackson, Sr, Founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of PUSH Excel
Rev Jannette Wilson, ESQ, National Executive Director of PUSH Excel

Oct 6, 2022 06:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Sonya Whitaker
National Education Policy Director @PUSH Excel
Dr. Sonya Whitaker, the National Education Policy Director for PUSH Excel, will be the moderator of our upcoming virtual town hall discussion. Dr. Whitaker is a national speaker and highly regarded educator who started as a classroom teacher and has since served as Superintendent of Schools in two different school districts in Illinois. She also has served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools and as a central office administrator for the largest elementary school district in the state. Dr. Whitaker is the founder of Whitaker Educational Consulting, Inc., the author of Is There Anybody That Can Teach Me How to Read?, and the host of the national radio show and podcast: What’s Really Going On??, a spotlight on solutions for improving student achievement in America’s schools.
Shaun Nelms, EdD
Superintendent @Educational Partnership Organization
In 2015, Dr. Shaun Nelms was asked to create and implement a school transformation model for the lowest performing school, in the lowest performing district, in New York State. A school where the graduation rate, the year prior was 29%. In 6 years, the school increased its graduation rate to 85%. Shaun is the superintendent of East Upper and Lower Schools, formerly East High School in Rochester, N.Y., a new position created through a unique partnership between the New York State Education Department, Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester. As the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) superintendent for East, Nelms has been charged with creating a school reform model that can be replicated in urban settings throughout the United States. Full bio at https://pushexcel.org/educationagenda/
Devin Del Palacio
Chairman @National Black Council of School Board Members
Tolleson Union High School District’s first Black American Board President, Del Palacio, has dedicated his board tenure to advancing equity. Del Palacio helped draft and pass a non-discrimination policy that includes protection for gender identity and gender expression; assisted the district in passing the Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution; and collaborated with board members to produce an anti-hate speech resolution, among other important board actions. Full bio at https://pushexcel.org/educationagenda/
Dr. Tony Sanders
Superintendent @Elgin School District U46
Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders runs the day-to-day operations of School District U-46. Dr. Sanders oversees the implementation of all Board and District policies and procedures as well as the alignment of resources to all District initiatives and improvement plans for the state’s second-largest school district. He works in close collaboration with an administrative staff that manages a balanced District budget of $600 million, and he helped lead a successful state-wide effort to pass equitable state education funding. Under Dr. Sanders' tenure, U-46 has implemented universal full-day kindergarten, expanded Dual Language and Gifted programming, provided additions to three elementary schools, implemented several new comprehensive curriculum resources in a district where every child now has a device. The District has also implemented a trauma-informed care approach to responding to behavioral issues and supporting students. Full bio at https://pushexcel.org/educationagenda/
Dr. Donna Leak
Superintendent, CCSD 168 & @Vice Chair, Illinois State Board of Education
Dr. Donna Leak is the Superintendent of Community Consolidated Schools District 168 in Sauk Village, IL and serves as the Vice Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education.  As Vice Chair of the State Board, she has been instrumental in updates to the mission, vision, goals, equity statement and updated strategic plan for the state of Illinois.  She serves as a strong voice for those educators in the field of education at the state and national level.  Under her tenure in District 168, the district has made major facility updates including addressing water issues for children. The district has seen considerable improvements in academics, technology and social emotional needs for children. She was awarded the 2021 Superintendent of the Year for the State of Illinois is recognition of her work with the district and State.    Full bio at https://pushexcel.org/educationagenda/