In four years, 24% of Arizona’s teachers will be eligible for retirement. We should expect a flood of recent graduates to step up and fill their shoes. Yet Arizona’s teacher preparation programs have seen a 7% decline in enrollment this year. This is a concerning trend in the state that functioned at a ‘crisis’ level this year, boasting nearly 700 teacher vacancies.
What can we do to attract the next generation of teachers to the field?
Our mission is to provide Arizona’s special education teachers with resources, support and recognition to ensure they make a long-term commitment to the classroom, thereby increasing student achievement with consistency and quality of education. TRP is committed to supporting recruitment, development, and retention of Arizona’s special educators, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of Arizona’s schools, and improving educational opportunities for all students.