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EdTalk with Johanna Anderson: Nurturing teachers, nurturing the teacher pipeline

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series about North Carolina’s teacher pipeline. We hope this collection of stories, research, reporting, podcasts, and perspectives will prompt a more nuanced look at the teacher pipeline across our state, identifying districts with healthy, adequate, and inadequate teacher supply. Please weigh in.

“I think you have what it takes to be a teacher.”

In this episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Johanna Anderson, executive director of The Belk Foundation, about the power of that statement, about our teachers, the teacher pipeline, school leaders, and equity.

Anderson traveled across our North Carolina during the summer of 2016, meeting with leaders involved in education, listening for common barriers and concerns as well as fresh ideas for strengthening the teacher pipeline. She sees the pipeline holistically from recruiting prospective teachers to preparing teachers for the classroom to supporting beginning teachers to developing and retaining teachers to leveraging master teachers. This is one of her favorite issues.

As we move forward, Anderson urges us to think about how we adapt the teaching profession to appeal to the millennial workforce. 

For more information:

Here is a link to Senate Bill 599, discussed in the podcast.

Here is a recent article in The News & Observer about the advanced roles pilot, discussed in the podcast.

Editor’s Note: The Belk Foundation supports the work of EducationNC.

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.