Recruiting, supporting and retaining top-notch, qualified educators is a “must” for the next School Board.
There is a national teacher shortage, as fewer college students are getting education degrees and becoming new teachers. Fairfax County is also one of the most expensive counties in the nation, so recruiting, supporting and retaining top-notch, qualified educators is a “must” for the next School Board.
- The workload on, and expectations of, our teachers is a perennial and largely unaddressed issue which the next School Board must address to support 14,000 educators in Fairfax County.
- Elizabeth offers a consistent voice for protected planning time, teacher-directed meaningful professional development and fixing pay lanes, especially for BA-lane educators.
- Elizabeth has continued to raise data-driven inquiry in the desire to expand the use technology in education.
- There needs to be balance in the move toward technology with an eye on the workload of additional professional development, the appropriateness of increased screen time for students by grade level and to ultimately ensure that we value the quality of the teacher in the classroom.
- Technology for technology’s sake, particularly with our youngest children, is no substitute for a qualified and dedicated teacher in collaboration with parents as the primary educators of their children.,