On Wednesday, March 18, Dr. Dayna DeFeo, Director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, and Dr. Diane Hirshberg, Professor of Education Policy, testified to the Alaska Legislature’s House Education Committee. Their testimony wove together major findings from seven CAEPR research studies to explore teacher supply, demand, retention, turnover, and competition in Alaska and relative to the lower 48. They shared some of Alaska’s areas of opportunity in meeting the need to staff its classrooms with high-quality educators, including expanding efforts to grow our “homegrown” teacher pipeline, improving working conditions that drive turnover, particularly in rural Alaska, and ensuring that compensation structures are on par with other states. DeFeo and Hirshberg’s presentation followed a discussion of current educator turnover research from REL Northwest.

Watch the testimony here: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Meeting/Detail?Meeting=HEDC%202020-03-18%2008:00:00

DeFeo and Hirshberg’s testimony starts at 60 minutes into the recording.

CAEPR’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/get_documents.asp?session=31&docid=61361