Through a survey and statewide listening sessions with educators, the Louisiana Department of Education and the Board of Regents, in partnership with the Region 14 Comprehensive Center, identified barriers to teacher recruitment, recovery, and retention.
As part of the task force’s root cause analysis, LDOE asked the Region 14 Comprehensive Center to develop and deploy a survey to gain insight on how teachers across the state feel about the profession. 7,048 teachers completed the survey, which represented more than 13% of the teaching workforce in Louisiana.
LDOE and the Board of Regents also wanted information from groups with a vested interest in the success of the teacher workforce. Region 14 planned and facilitated 17 listening sessions with teachers, school leaders, family and community members, and the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (LACTE). Each group provided critical feedback and insight about the teacher shortage.
Region 14 drafted a summary report with the methods, results, and key findings from the survey results and listening sessions. LDOE and the Board of Regents shared the report with the task force and the information was incorporated in the task force’s 2022 report.