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Examining Trends in Teacher Supply and Demand in Michigan

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 11:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators Fall 2019 Conference
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610


A key objective for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is equitable access to effective teachers for all students in the state. To gain a nuanced understanding of teacher shortages and to project future trends in teacher supply and demand, MDE partnered with REL Midwest to conduct a study of teacher shortages in Michigan.

In this session, REL Midwest researchers describe results of the study, which illustrate historic trends in teacher shortages and surpluses in different areas of the state and different subjects. The results also show how trends in teacher certification are aligned or not aligned with local needs. Looking into the future, the study describes trends in the supply of teachers for the next five years and whether the supply is projected to meet demand, including demand in specific subjects and regions.

Leah Breen, director of the MDE Office of Educator Excellence, discusses the implications of the study’s findings for MDE’s work. Breen covers how MDE will use its leadership to create strategies that can help align teacher supply and demand with the state‚Äôs needs.

Following the presentations, audience members have an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

Partnership: Midwest Alliance to Improve Teacher Preparation


  • Leah Breen, Director, Office of Educator Excellence, Michigan Department of Education
  • Daniel Frederking, Partnership Liaison, REL Midwest
  • Yinmei Wan, Senior Researcher, REL Midwest

Resources: Report