Be Heard! DESE wants your input about teacher salaries and ways to strengthen the profession!

The Missouri Blue Ribbon Teacher Recruitment and Retention Commission has been charged by the State Board of Education to develop a set of recommendations and clear action steps by October 1, 2022 that address teacher recruitment and retention solutions. You can learn more about the Blue Ribbon Commission here.

During the first meeting of the Commission on June 17, 2022, members discussed several approaches to strengthening the recruitment and retention of teachers in Missouri, with an initial focus on teacher compensation. The goal of this survey is to gather educator input on possible recommendations that the Commission could submit to the State Board of Education. 

The online anonymous surveys are now open for Missouri educators to provide feedback directly to Missouri’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Blue Ribbon Commission. Follow the link below to take the survey that applies to you and your current position. The surveys close at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 5.

Each survey includes 13-14 questions and should take about six minutes to complete. The survey findings will be presented to the Commission during their virtual meeting on August 23.

public hearing for educators to provide feedback in-person is also taking place Wednesday, August 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City. The hearing will be live-streamed and recorded at for anyone to watch. Speakers will be chosen randomly and asked to provide no more than three minutes of remarks in response to the following prompt: Please share specific policy and practice shifts to improve the educator experience that you would like to see in the Commission’s recommendations to the State Board of Education.

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