Guest panelists included Christina Gibson, Superintendent of Eastpointe Community Schools; Kendra Hearn, associate dean of undergraduate education and educator preparation at the University of Michigan School of Education; Tara Kilbride, associate director of research at Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative; and Micky Savage, director of human resources and labor relations for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Educational journalist Isabel Lohman hosted.
Topics included barriers to attracting teachers to the field, recruitment and retention strategies, cultural and legislative factors affecting teacher attraction, compensation in education, programs from the state that encourage and inspire Michiganders to become teachers and school support staff, and many more. After.
Bridge’s monthly Lunch Break series focuses on hot topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included reviews analyzing Michigan’s August primary election results, tracking Michigan’s economic progress, the impact of COVID on Michigan K-12 students, new redistricting maps of the Michigan, Michigan’s Elder Care Crisis and COVID Mandates and K-12 Education.