As Teacher Shortage Nears Crisis, Other States May Offer Remedies

The latest counts of emergency certified teachers capture a stubborn reality: Classrooms across Oklahoma are being staffed by a teacher who isn’t fully trained or prepared. Find out what other states are doing to ease the teacher shortage and how many teachers were emergency certified in your district.

Despite Pitfalls, More Schools Introduce Self-Paced Learning

More Oklahoma schools are embracing “personalized learning,” in which students advance individually at their own pace. Once they’ve mastered a concept, they move on independent of their classmates. But the concept has critics and some districts have scaled back their programs. Is self-paced learning the future or a fleeting experiment?

Teacher Shortage Forces Schools to Rely on Aides, Assistants

The statewide teacher shortage is forcing many districts to rely heavily on teaching aides and assistants. The classroom helpers handle many tasks that teachers used to do but are less able to now because of larger classes and more special-education students. But should some of that cost go toward hiring new teachers?