Importing Foreign Teachers

There are 100,000 teacher vacancies in the United States.

CBS TV reported (October 30, 2019) that there were 14,444 teacher vacancies in Tucson, Arizona.  In order to fill the vacancies, the Arizona Department of Education has been importing international teachers. As of now, there are 3,250 foreign teachers in the U.S., up 50 percent since 2014.

A foreign teacher employed in Arizona must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and must obtain a visa. Many foreign teachers take the job and send money back to family in their home country.

My new  book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educatorsaddresses the problem and proposes a number of solutions.


Cities Where It Is Too Expensive For Educators To Live

USA Today printed an article (October 19, 2019) entitled, San Francisco is losing residents because it’s too expensive for nearly everyone. The article continued by stating that the “median home price of $1.4 Million, also $5-a gallon gas, private schools priced like universities and restaurants that cost nearly double the national average.” People are leaving San Francisco because it is too expensive to live there. The flight of the middle class has left the poor, the homeless and the rich. “In the Bay area, (according to the USA Today article) median household income is around $100,000. It is interesting that according to, teachers in San Francisco earn between $42,900 to $77.1 per year resulting that teachers who work there must travel between 1-1 ½ hours each way.

But San Francisco is not the only city where the teachers who work there cannot live there. I have looked at a number of cities where teacher salaries mean that teachers cannot live in the places where they work>

  • Seattle: Median home price $580,000 Teacher salary: $36.100 – $64, 6OO
  • Denver: Median home price $425,000 Teacher salary: $32,400 – $$57,700
  • Los Angeles Median home price $632,000 Teacher salary: $45,500 – $72,300
  • Phoenix Median home price $280,000 Teacher salary: $28,300 – $50,200

Lack of affordable housing could jeopardize attracting highly educated workers looking for good schools for their children.

My book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators proposes a number of solutions to this problem.




Close-It Conference Reviews

I delivered a workshop based on my new book, Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining, & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators at the Close-It Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

Here are some of the comments from the workshop attendees:

Excellent compilation and analysis of recent studies on teacher attrition. R. Nance, Ph.D. Student University of New Mexico.

The best thing about the presentation was his honesty & knowledge. J.Serino, Lake County IL government

Franklin presented a factual, experiential basis of the presentation of facts.

Franklin’s passion to improve the educational system. I think he covered so much in the time that he had.

He presented a clear statement of the problem with multiple options for solutions.





#1 Best Selling New Release in Academic Development Counseling

I have been notified by Amazon that my new book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing became  the #1 bestselling book in Academic Development Counseling on October 16, 2019. The book identifies the problem of teachers and school administrators leaving the field. Forty-four percent of classroom teachers leave the classroom within 5 years. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is 3 years except in rural areas, high poverty and high minority areas where it is 18 months. They are leaving the field almost as quickly as schools of education are preparing them.

The book has broken the top 100 in Teacher and Student Mentoring books (#30) and number 70 in Experimental Education Methods Books and #52 in Academic Counseling.


Article from the Akribos Group about Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators book

Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators

The Akribos Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, authored by Franklin P.  Schargel,  entitled  Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators. In his latest  book, Franklin sounds the alarm about this impending national crisis and  answers some critical questions. He is an internationally recognized expert, keynote presenter, and training specialist on school dropout prevention and serves as a Professional Associate for The Akribos Group.

About the Book
Much Anticipated Book Addresses America’s Next Educational Crisis

The rate of teacher attrition may soon leave America’s classrooms without enough teachers or school principals.

Forty-four percent of classroom teachers are leaving the educational field in five years. They are leaving almost as quickly as Colleges of Education are graduating them. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is three years, except in inner-cities, in low-performing, minority or rural schools – where it is 18 months.

If we wish to slow the educational exodus, we need to do three things:

1. Actively recruit new applicants to teaching.

2. Retain the existing staff people

3. Refreshing the skills and knowledge of those people already in schools.

How do we replace the hardworking, experienced teachers and school administrators who are currently working in our schools? If we wish to have high-performing school graduates we need to have highly effective educators. The United States cannot continue to thrive in the twenty-first century without a well-educated, well trained workforce which can only be achieved by having a well-paid, well-trained workforce.

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The Akribos Group is comprised of professional associates with a very diverse range of skills and experience. We invite you to learn more about each of our members by looking at our professional team


Book is Now Available at the Kindle Store

My new book Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators is now available at the Kindle Store.


My New Book Has Made Amazon’s Best Seller List

My new book, Who Will Teach The Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators , published on September 16th, 2019 is #95 on Amazon’s Best Seller List for Teacher and Student Mentoring. It is available for purchase on


October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is no longer an accepted childhood rite of passage. Yet one out of every five children is still reporting being bullied. While bullying intensifies in middle school and at between ages 11-15, elementary school children as young as five are reporting incidents in classrooms, school gyms, lunchrooms, and on the school bus. We need to create awareness among parents, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and students that bullying is not acceptable. It can lead to depression, dropping out of school and suicide.


Can Tech Can Fill the Gaping Hole Left by Teacher Exodus?

Can Tech Can Fill the Gaping Hole Left by Teacher Exodus?

By Charles Sosnik, Editor in Chief, Learning Counsel

It’s as if schools are sitting on the deck of the Titanic, playing music as the great ocean liner descends into the murky depths of the North Atlantic. As the band plays on, their music is filled with our day-to-day challenges. We are engulfed in issues like superintendent firings, metal detectors in schools and union negotiations. We talk about student mental health and opioid use in schools. All these issues are important, and the discussions are fueled by our local news organizations who are the first to point out our flaws. But the one thing that isn’t getting enough coverage in the media is much like a massive iceberg on the horizon that threatens the very existence of our public schools – we are losing our teachers and school administrators. The fact is teachers are leaving the profession in record numbers, we have a diminishing talent pool from which to recruit new teachers, and we have no answer to the teacher exodus.

American humorist Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” But in this case, the numbers don’t lie. In the last eight years, we have seen a 37 percent decrease in the number of college students enrolled in teacher prep programs. Add to that, the fact that many states are losing a quarter of their new teachers after the first year andour new teachers are Millennials with no expectation of long-term employment, and we have a teacher shortage problem. It’s the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room. Unless we believe technology is a magic bullet that can replace our disappearing teachers, we need to figure this out. If not, in a few years we may be yearning for the good old days of 40-student class sizes.

Here are a few additional facts to add to the mix:

  • Almost half (46 percent) of teachers who graduated from a school of education and accepted employment in a US school district will leave the profession altogether within the first five years.
  • The professional life expectancy of a school principal is three years except in inner-cities, serving in low-income, high-poverty students or in rural areas, where it is 18 months.
  • Schools experiencing periods of high turnover are more likely to hire teachers who are not fully licensed.
  • High-poverty schools are more likely to have vacancies and are more likely to fill positions with first-year or non-credentialed teachers
  • In the past eight years, the number of students enrolled in traditional schools of education in the U.S. has dropped from 609,106 to 337,690
  • In the past eight years, the number of students enrolled in non-traditional teacher preparation has risen from 38,595 to 66,173.
  • By 2025, the number of new teachers needed is expected to be over 300,000 per year, while the expected supply of new teachers is expected to be just over 100,000.
  • In some states, uncertified or unlicensed teachers are in classrooms.
  • The number one reason teachers are leaving is because of a lack of administrative support.
  • We have a growing number of non-traditional students (homeless, poverty, minority) who come from non-traditional families (merged, minority, single parent, two-working parents) and who learn in non-traditional ways (technology).
  • The largest shortages are in Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Science, Math and Technology (STEM)

Can Technology save us?

Clearly, the number of vacancies in the coming years is expected to outstrip the number of available new teachers by an untenable amount. What shall we do? Some experts cite the promise of technology to make up the difference. Others believe the roll of teachers will change, but the need for qualified professionals will remain constant. According to LeiLani Cauthen, CEO of the research and publishing firm The Learning Counsel, the roles of teachers may change significantly, but technology will not defer the importance nor the demand for teaching professionals. “There will be more employment needed, not less,” said Cauthen, “but some of the roles will change. The arguments about choice and teacher-to-administrator ratios are based on existing whole-group-by-age-batch and classes, specifically the classroom; they don’t acknowledge the fact that there is a different way to think about all of it now that technology and sophisticated algorithms are on the scene.  There’s more to this discussion, but the top-line rough estimates are that the 3.3 million-or-so K-12 teaching jobs will eventually change roughly as follows:

“Approximately 50 percent of teaching jobs will go into prep and analyticsto provide totally personalized learning pathways. The role will get into the deep use of analytics showing what a student may be missing in the length of time it takes them to complete a task, what quizzes and tests reveal, cross-analysis of their interests and more in order to adjudicate next steps. This moves subject expertise into a “back office” function and can be done from anywhere, untethering this role from place. A portion of this work may be outside support services contracted with schools or districts. Education won’t lose jobs, but it will need to morph some jobs into new functions, disassembling roles and institutional structure, and to reassemble into new roles and a distributed structure.

“Approximately 25 percent will be in traditional lecturing, direct instruction, and a modified all-subject homeroom type classroom, plus labs of all kinds, sports fields and office one-on-one subject-expertise meets.  This role monitors live on-site work in physical schools as scheduled by planners predicting which cohort of students is about to arrive at a needed lecture moment (like Uber schedules you with a driver).

“Approximately 25% will be para-professionalspossibly mixed with fully credentialed teachers doing the following:

  • Online support/chat-window or conference, either employed by a school or by a courseware company contracted with the school or via a student-purchased subscription.
  • Staging for the direct instruction teachers such as gathering the science lab materials needed before instructor and students arrive, plus other small and large group project-based learning duties.
  • Data entry flanking the instructor so that information gets back to the planners to continue to level-up the personalization and next stages for each student.

These three key roles are typically embodied in one classroom teacher right now, modified by school and district-level staff as overlays, but a disaggregation opens new vistas of personalization and leverage of different teacher skill sets.”

Even with the amazing opportunities technology can provide to our students, in our present system of learning it will not alleviate the need for teachers. In fact, according to Cauthen and others, the demand for teaching professionals may increase as we ratchet up the use of education technology. The answer seems to be a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, which might seem humorous if our children’s futures weren’t hanging in the balance.

America, we have a problem.

Franklin Schargel, bestselling author with thirteen books on education including the soon to be published Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators,and more than a hundred academic articles to his credit, believes the problem can be lessened using the tools and human resource practices now employed in the private sector. “The first thing we need to do,” said Schargel, “is to find out why teachers are leaving their jobs and the profession. That starts with an exit interview. Education may be the only industry that doesn’t require an exit interview as employment terminates. In my home district, Albuquerque Public Schools, teachers are allowed to leave their jobs without a word of explanation. No exit interview is conducted and therefore no data is collected to determine why a teacher is leaving. This leaves little opportunity to gain feedback from employees in order to improve aspects of the organization, better retain employees, and reduce turnover.”

When asked why districts across the U.S. are not conducting exit interviews, the number one reason given is the expense of creating and conducting the interviews.  However, according to the Learning Policy Institute, “High teacher turnover—or churn—undermines student achievement and consumes valuable staff time and resources. It also contributes to teacher shortages throughout the country, as roughly 6 of 10 new teachers hired each year are replacing colleagues who left the classroom before retirement. Research shows that urban districts can, on average, spend more than $20,000 on each new hire, including school and district expenses related to separation, recruitment, hiring, and training. These investments don’t pay their full dividend when teachers leave within 1 or 2 years after being hired.”

According to Schargel, the looming teacher shortage is a man-made problem. “Why would anyone want to become a teacher? They are faced with low pay, poor working conditions, low social status, having to pay for their own office supplies, and being held singularly responsible for the failure of young people and the failure of keeping America globally competitive.

“According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Predicting the Need for Newly Hired Teachers in the United States, depending on the assumptions made, projections for the number of newly hired public school teachers needed ranges from 1.7 million to 2.7 million to replace those retiring. Since 46 percent of all educators leave the field within five years, that means we need to hire between 2,482,000 and 3,942,000 qualified teaching professionals. We need to conduct ‘stay-in’ interviews to find out why teachers remain in their schools and classrooms.

“It used to be possible to get additional bodies from those females graduating from college. In the past, the main occupations for women were either secretaries, nurses or teachers. Even today, 77 percent of all public-school teachers are female and 56 percent of them are over the age of 40. As work opportunities continue to open to female professionals, the available labor pool of teachers will continue to decline. That makes the current exodus of teachers even more alarming.

“Our K-12 teaching force is aging rapidly and is not being replaced. The proportion of K-12 teachers who are 50 years of age and older has risen from 24 percent to 42 percent. The percentage of teachers in their 30s has dropped from 37 percent to 22 percent. The proportion of teachers in their 40s has also dropped from 44 percent to 26 percent. This creates a lack of mentors for those people who will be entering the field. With the demand for qualified professionals in other industries like data analytics, cyber security and robotics creating six figure starting salaries, it will be difficult getting additional bodies, men or women, into teaching.

“Businesspeople measure their success in two ways — the return on investment and the value added. The fewer dollars they spend while more money generated, the greater their profit. Value added equals how much revenue is added with each step in the process. However, the business community apparently has had a difficult time teaching these concepts to the governors that direct and control their state’s education spend. The present politicians are neither considering return on investment nor value added as they make drastic cuts in education. Apparently their shortsighted, short-term cuts don’t affect their long-term thinking.

“By cutting education today, the long-term effects will not be felt until elected officials are no longer in office. Besides, the next generation of politicians can always blame the problems they face on their predecessors. It’s the ideal win-win situation for today’s politicians and the only losers are the children, their parents and American society. As long as men in government determine the salaries and working conditions of the women in education, teaching will never pay well.”




Franklin Cited in National Magazine Article

I am cited in this article.

Can Tech Fill the Gaping Hole Left by Teacher Exodus?


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