Understand it better: Montana's rural teacher shortage

Understand it better: Montana's rural teacher shortage

Across the nation, experts have been sounding the alarm on an impending teacher shortage. Fewer enrollees and graduates from teacher training programs will result in a coming supply shortage, they say.

Others argue that the teacher market is more nuanced, and can likely weather dips in teacher production. Teacher supply affects markets differently in each state, they say.

In Montana's rural communities, school officials have seen the effects of a teacher shortage for years.

Most elementary teachers across the nation will teach one grade. High school teachers will mostly teach one subject, likely with a few different classes.

In Montana’s smallest elementary schools, teachers are asked to juggle multiple grades in the same classroom, sometimes with only one student per grade. In small high schools, teachers might teach every class within a subject, or even multiple subjects.

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