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EdNC Reports on Teacher Pipeline in North Carolina

Saturday, September 02, 2017

By 2015, enrollment in the state’s public university teacher training programs was down 30 percent from just five years prior.

“It is too early to determine exactly the factors in the enrollment trends. But there are some lessons to learn from UNC Wilmington, which bucked the trend. Its enrollment drop was not as precipitous, and it began to see a rise in the number of prospective teachers signing up for classes sooner,” said Alisa Chapman in an EducationNC story, A complex cycle: Teacher supply and demand, published Aug. 22. Chapman is a visiting fellow at UNC Chapel Hill’s Global Research Institute. The article was part of a series about North Carolina’s teacher pipeline.

Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and WCE Elementary Education student Carlen Burch were featured in the article.

Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s “The State of Things,” recently spoke with Rhew about the article and the teacher pipeline. In a program that aired Aug. 24 on Blue Ridge Public Radio, they discussed recruitment, training and retention of the state’s educators. UNCW’s strong professional development system partnerships with school districts and schools in the region were also discussed. Listen here