In Michigan, approximately 60,000 certified teachers do not teach in public schools.

REL Midwest conducted a study (6.2.10) that examined these teachers’ reasons for not teaching and the incentive that could motivate them to teach in public schools. The report is posted here.

The study found that salaries and certification related issues, such as difficulties renewing or maintaining certificates, were among the leading reasons for teachers’ not teaching. Incentives related to salaries and certification were also among the top incentives that teachers might like to come back to teaching. The study, however, did not examine these reasons and incentives in depth. For example, the study did not explore what constitutes a desirable salary for attracting certified teaches to public schools or if other financial incentives, such as student loan forgiveness, could be equally attractive. This additional information will be useful to Michigan policymakers who are interested in concrete ways of using the study’s findings to address teacher shortages in the state.

“Teachers Who Aren’t Teaching: Who Are They and How Do We Get Them Back” explores the themes that emerged in the study in further detail and will tell the story of teachers who decided not to teach in public schools. Featuring interviews with research experts, schools and practitioners in Michigan, we’ll examine ongoing efforts to attract and retain teachers in Michigan, and the success and challenges of these efforts.

This program was produced in partnership with REL Midwest.