New Report Evaluates the “State of the Field” of the Teacher Workforce and Shortage in Nevada

LAS VEGAS—Given the persistent and acute shortage of educators in Nevada, the Nevada Consortium on the Teacher Pipeline has released a new report, “The Nevada Teacher Workforce: An Initial Examination” that evaluates the nature of the teacher shortage and its impact across the state, and considers recommendations to further address the problem.

Though the teacher shortage problem is not unique to Nevada—nationwide, enrollment in teacher preparation programs has been steadily declining since 2008, and last year classrooms across the U.S. were short an estimated 60,000 teachers—the issue is very real in schools and classrooms across the state, which has an estimated 1,005 positions that remain unfilled.

The report serves to provide context for the current status in Nevada on: teacher licensure candidate production; the teacher workforce; projected needs of school districts; and implications—direct and indirect—stemming from state legislation.

The Nevada Consortium on the Teacher Pipeline is composed of representatives of community organizations who work in or are engaged in education reform in Southern Nevada. Membership includes delegates from each public (NSHE) and private teacher preparation organization in the state, Clark County School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and community and business stakeholders.

The report is available electronically at the College of Education website. Should you like hard copies of the report, please contact UNLV College of Education Communications and Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Hand.


Established in 2014 by the UNLV College of Education, The Nevada Consortium on the Teacher Pipeline was founded to facilitate dialogue and collaborative problem solving among education stakeholders and leaders in the community, with the ultimate purpose of substantively improving the number, quality, and retention of effective teachers in Southern Nevada. Consortium members include a broad range of constituencies, who each work together to identify, pursue, coordinate, and engage in activities that support the Consortium’s overall purpose. Find more information at

The UNLV College of Education is composed of three academic departments that offer undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs that prepare educators in fields across the instruction, teaching and learning spectrum. In addition, the College boasts seven research centers and clinics dedicated to scholarship and best practices in literacyautism spectrum disordersmental healthassessment and evaluation, and multicultural, STEM and early childhood education. Find more information at

May 20: Multicultural Educational Services Alliance (MESA) Recognition Event

Please join the College of Education and the MESA Abriendo Caminos team in recognizing CCSD students of color who have chosen to pursue careers in teaching!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

UNLV Campus

Keynote Address: Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade

The UNLV and Las Vegas community are invited to join and participate in this FREE, all ages event!

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Teaching with Heart: Three COE Students Recognized at 2017 Heart of Education Awards

Three members of the Educational Policy and Leadership cohort have been recognized by the Heart of Education Awards for Clark County Teachers. Debra Huckins and Cory Garr were named finalists and Bonnie Lamping received the Las Vegas Review Journal People’s Choice Award, presented along with a 2,500 dollar prize to the four teachers who receive the most votes in an open contest.

Educational Policy & Leadership Students, Debra Huckins, Bonnie Lamping and Cory Garr, were recognized at the 2017 Heart of Education Awards

Teachers can be nominated by anyone—students, parents, community members—for a Heart of Education award, and are recognized by how they’ve gone above and beyond to support students in their classrooms.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Rogers Foundation, launched the Heart of Education Awards with the goal of honoring, recruiting and retaining great educators in Southern Nevada. The awards seek to celebrate educators and what they have given to their students and our community.