Event Recap


Forum Friday: Tackling Teacher Workforce Challenges in Wisconsin

By Jeffrey Schmidt

Tackling Teacher Workforce Challenges in Wisconsin

Virtual event | September 29, 2023

On Friday, September 29, our popular virtual event series, Forum Friday, focused on teacher workforce challenges in Wisconsin.

We began the program by presenting our new research on teacher turnover. Then interviewed Wisconsin’s top K-12 administrator, State Superintendent Jill Underly, to get her views.

We then followed that up with a discussion with two more panelists with expertise in the areas of teacher certification, recruitment, and professional development. Also included in this conversation: the role of traditional educator prep programs, and the challenges of attracting students to education programs and the teaching profession.

Our Forum Friday guests were:


Jill Underly
State Superintendent
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Desiree Pointer Mace
Director of Graduate Programs and Professor of Education
Alverno College

Laci Coppins Robbins
Executive Director

Urban Learning Collaborative

During Forum Fridays, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. We hope this can be another way to keep you informed and connected on our state’s most pressing public policy issues. Stay tuned for more Forum Friday events in the near future!

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