The teacher shortage in Illinois has hit local schools hard. Districts strive to recruit and hire the best possible teachers for their classrooms. A shrinking applicant pool continues to make this a challenge, and Regional Office of Education #11 is committed to working with local stakeholders to reverse this trend.

In an ongoing effort to recruit quality candidates into the teaching profession, ROE #11 will be hosting a Future Teacher Night on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 4:30 – 7:30pm. This free event will take place at the ROE #11 building at 730 7th Street in Charleston.

Anyone with an interest in becoming a classroom teacher, who holds a high school diploma is encouraged to attend and learn about possible paths to becoming a licensed teacher in Illinois.

Options will also be discussed for those who have already completed an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree outside of the education field.

Representatives from both Illinois and out of state universities have been invited to attend and share information regarding alternative paths to becoming an Illinois teacher. Programs that deliver classes online and in evening and weekend formats will be included to allow those who currently work full time to work towards licensure.Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at Please feel free to call Dr. Kyle Thompson or Dr. Zakry Standerfer at 348-0151 with any questions regarding this event or entering the teaching profession.

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