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.

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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 education.unlv.edu/consortium.

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 education.unlv.edu.