Education Human Capital Roundtables


Education Human Capital Roundtables

Following up on the Teacher Preparation Commission, SREB is convening education human capital roundtables in several states. Roundtable members represent the boards, commissions and agencies charged with improving teacher preparation, educator development and the teaching pipeline. SREB helps roundtables hold challenging conversations on how to improve the quality of their teaching workforce through targeted recruitment, preparation, retention and professional growth strategies. 

When state leaders commit to establish a roundtable, SREB provides customized research and facilitates in-state convenings. Roundtable members develop recommendations for state policy action and create action plans.  

Publication December 202029 pages

Alabama Teacher Quantity and Quality Roundtable
Final Report

Alabama, like many states across the country, continues to face teacher shortages in its public education system. While the state legislature has passed various measures to help in the short term, state leaders agree that long-term strategies are needed to retain and recruit a high-quality teacher workforce. This final report from the Alabama Teacher Quantity and Quality Roundtable outlines its recommended three-pronged approach, which focuses on career pathways, early-career support and advancement opportunities.


Publication August 20206 pages

Mississippi Governor’s Education Human Capital Task Force
Interim Report #1

This report outlines progress and initial recommendations of the Mississippi Governor’s Education Human Capital Task Force on the first of three priority issues: recruitment and retention of quality teachers. It includes short-term and longer-term actions to strengthen teacher preparation for remote learning and for social-emotional learning, with special attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic may inform changes.


Blog post Jessica Snellings, Research Analyst

How States Can Reduce College Debt for Future Teachers 

A major issue for my generation, the millennials, and for Gen Z as well is deep, suffocating student debt. For those who want to enter teaching, a career that is not compensated handsomely, this debt can be even more daunting.

Many teacher candidates work full- or part-time jobs in addition to attending classes. When they enter their student teaching period, whether for a semester or a year, these candidates are expected to give over their time fully to student teaching, which makes working nearly impossible.

Blog post Jessica Snellings, Research Analyst

How Some Oklahomans Want to Retain Beginning Teachers

Many states have a critical issue with retaining early-career teachers, no matter their preparation pathway. Oklahoma has one of the more severe teacher shortages, with 57% of new teachers leaving the profession by their fifth year, compared to 44% nationwide.

One of the top reasons early career teachers leave is lack of support. Better early career support would help solve the costly problem of having to prepare and hire a new teacher each time another leaves the profession.

Publication July 202012 pages

Oklahoma Educator Supply and Demand Network
Recommendation Report

Many states are facing challenges building a strong teacher workforce, in particular attracting more individuals to the teaching profession and retaining beginning teachers. This report provides recommendations from the Oklahoma Educator Supply and Demand Network for its two priority issues: policy and implementation barriers to paid student teaching internships and lack of sustainable, statewide support for plan for first- and second-year teachers. 


Blog post Megan BorenSREB Program Specialist

How Can a Roundtable on Education Human Capital Help Your State?

Another school year has started, and nearly every state in the SREB region is facing major human capital challenges including teacher shortages. Schools now face shortages not only in STEM courses and special education but in most subject areas.