Issues facing Oklahoma Teachers

At a recent conference, we asked Oklahoma P12 teachers for their comments about issues they’re facing. Here are some of their responses:

  • Schools are struggling to hire qualified teachers.
  • [We need] to treat teachers with respect and pay them what they deserve!
    • We should NOT be #50 [rank in teacher pay per state] in the nation!
  • Give teachers autonomy, room to innovate, money for improving and developing, and provide them with technology and access to be innovative.
  • We need to keep trying new technologies!
  • Students are struggling with reading for understanding, memorization, and effective searching & evaluation of information sources.
  • Preservice teachers should be working more with non-classroom teachers, like librarians, GT teachers, and others.

What issues do you see or hear about in schools? In what ways could Colleges of Education help address those issues?

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