A year ago, Region 9 wrote a blog about the anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the already significant shortages of teachers in specific subjects and regions across the U.S. In the time since, research has shown that the pandemic led to teachers reporting higher stress and being more interested in leaving the profession. A survey of U.S. teachers done by RAND found that nearly 1 in 4 teachers said that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–2021 school year, up from one in six teachers in earlier years. And Black teachers were particularly likely to plan to leave. The teachers surveyed cited pandemic-era teaching conditions, such as technical problems while teaching remotely, as linked to job-related stress, depressive symptoms, and burnout.
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