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To plug gap, Md. teacher training programs focus on Black men, rural areas

April 25, 2022

The pandemic has exacerbated Maryland’s teacher shortage, a situation that already had been worsening for years. A Maryland State Education Association report released in February showed that a large majority of Maryland teachers surveyed said staff shortages, onerous workload and burnout are serious or very serious concerns, while 60% said the pandemic made them more likely to leave the profession or to retire earlier than planned. To address the problem, four Maryland universities are working to recruit and train Black male teachers, who nationwide make up only 2% of teachers. Meanwhile, in western Maryland, one school is preparing students to teach in rural areas.

Article Source: The Daily Record

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