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The United States has a well-documented teacher shortage crisis. Areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) continue to experience shortages. Since teachers have the greatest impact on student achievement, the lack of highly qualified teachers potentially affects the academic and economic stability of the United States. This paper provides model recommendations for addressing teacher shortages in STEM and other critical shortage areas. These recommendations can be implemented at the local, district, state or national levels. Utilization of the models can potentially influence student achievement, human resource—talent acquisition, teacher preparation, policy development and professional development.

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