What Issues Keep Educators Up At Night? They Told Us

  • Publication
KeyIssuesCoverIn Battelle for Kids' work with school systems in Ohio and across the country, we have been listening to educators about their challenges, frustrations, and concerns for the future. Based on this feedback, BFK Executive Director Jim Mahoney wrote an article for the August 2016 issue of OSBA Journal sharing five salient challenges and opportunities that school leaders should be focused on over the next few years. These include:  
  1. Attracting and retaining high-quality educators. The changing talent market requires that districts develop a new kind of human capital management system—one that is data-driven, strategic and proactive—to ensure teachers are valued and supported, and that education remains a career path that talented professionals believe is worth pursuing.
  2. Personalizing education. With the advent of technology, we have the ability to personalize education in a way that engages, motivates and ensures every student is equipped with the knowledge, skills, dispositions and overall well-being necessary for future success.
  3. Engaging stakeholders to develop accountability and improvement systems. We have made education almost exclusively about academics these days. Yet, we all know that noncognitive factors such as grit, determination, resilience and perseverance all matter a great deal to our students’ future success, and they can be taught.
  4. Improving equity and equality. The challenge and opportunity for educators moving forward is connecting student’s passions, interests and skills—along with all the other important things we teach them—to pathways through which they can be productive and satisfied.
  5. Ensuring all roads lead to a job. We need to give kids pathways that will prepare them to succeed in a wide range of occupations, not just one job. And we, as a society, need to respect those choices — because we need them all.

By working together to address these challenges, states and local districts have an opportunity to elevate the teaching profession, increase educational equity, and opportunity for all students and contribute to a growing economy.

Published: Ohio School Boards Association Journal, August 2016