The following is a list of recent resources for those focused on the professional improvement of teachers, principals, and other educational leaders.

Teacher Shortages: What we know. This brief is the first in a series of reports examining the teacher shortage dilemma. Designed to guide state leaders in policy decisions, this policy brief begins the series by considering what the research says about teacher shortages and highlights state task force findings. The five accompanying briefs examine strategies states are using to address teacher shortages.

Reports Finds Decreasing Diversity Across Teacher Pipeline. (Education Week TeacherMay 6). The teacher pipeline is riddled with holes when it comes to diversity in the profession, a new U.S. Department of Education report finds.

The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce: The elementary and secondary educator workforce is overwhelmingly homogeneous (82 percent white in public schools). Over time, educator diversity has increased. In the 1987-88 school year, 13 percent of public school teachers were teachers of color compared to 18 percent in the 2011-12 school year. While the proportion of all teachers of color has increased over time, this trend is not the result of increases in the proportion of teachers in all non-white racial and ethnic categories. (Source: U.S. Department of Education)

Get Involved: Seeks to Add to Content Review is looking for talented K-12 math teachers, principals, instructional coaches, and district and state staff to begin work this summer. Qualified candidates share the vision, have deep mathematics content knowledge, and experience utilizing instructional materials.

National Board Certification: The Education Commission of the States provides a overview of how many board-certified teachers are in each state and what resources are available to help candidates achieve certification. Additionally, information about use of Title II funds for board certification is included.

Blended Learning for School Leaders: The NYC Leadership Academy (NYCLA) has developed and launched a blended learning platform and tools. This article highlights the benefits of blended learning, outlines five essential characteristics of online learning, and explains how NYCLA is assessing the efficacy of our online work. You may access the full article on our website.

Regional Educational Laboratory: This study highlights the role of principals as instructional leaders and teachers’ satisfaction with their evaluation systems. Teachers were 2.5 times as likely to say they were satisfied with their evaluation systems when they thought their principal was a strong instructional leader, according to a new study by Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands at the Education Development Center Inc.