From the latest NCES Survey of Principals and Teacher survey comes the characteristics of today’s K-12 teachers. It is interesting in the lack of diversity in teaching and the continued shift towards teachers with less experience.
First – let’s note that there are now over 3.8 million teachers in our schools today – that is a lot of people. Since we know that 8% leave the profession each year, that means we now have to hire over 304,000 new hires per year. A school district HR person asked me – “Are there any other businesses in this area that have to hire this many skilled people every year” – answer – no
- 80% of all public school teachers are white – compared to Teachers of Tomorrow who are only 54% white.
- 77% of are female – compared to 65% of our teachers who are female
The average teacher reports working an average of 53 hours per week to get everything done for their students.
The average base salary was $55,100
As far as training:
- 79% has any courses in lesson planning
- 76% had courses in learning assessment
- 74% had courses in classroom management
- 70% had courses on working with special needs students
- 64% had courses on working with students from diverse backgrounds
- 53% on using student performance data to inform instruction
- 38% had courses on working with English Language Learners ELL
Teachers of Tomorrow educator preparation includes courses in ALL of the above to help our teachers be successful in the classroom.