Molly McQueeny
Kane County Regional Office of Education


Impact on Kane County

Geneva, IL. (March 1st, 2021) – Yesterday, the Illinois Association of  Regional School Superintendents (IARSS) published the Educator Shortage Survey. In coordination with the Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Services Centers in Illinois, the groups collaborated with Goshen Education Consulting and Illinois State University to survey approximately 600 districts regarding the teacher shortage crisis and the impacts on COVID – 19.

  • The summary of the results is as follows:
  • 77% of schools report they have a teacher shortage problem
  • 93% of schools report they have a problem finding substitute teachers
  • 938 teaching positions – 17% of those schools participating in the survey were looking to fill – are either unfilled or filled with someone not qualified for the position
  • More than 250 classes have been canceled and nearly 200 moved online because school administrators could not find educators to teach them
  • While the teacher shortage has been at a crisis level for several years, 65 percent of schools surveyed say the problem is getting worse and 86 percent expect shortages will be an issue in the coming school years

The effect of COVID left many positions unfilled due to health concerns and an increased need for subs.

In Kane County, the results were not as high as the statewide average in Illinois, due to the county being in a more populous area, but the area is not immune to the overall effects.

“We are aware of the situation and are collaborating with the districts to provide relevant professional development in needed areas. We provide workshops to help staff in the districts to receive credentials for job growth. We also provide training on compassion fatigue to help retain teachers.  In addition, 15 advancement courses through Illinois Online Academy focus on teacher wellness,” says Patricia Dal Santo, Regional Superintendent of Education. “We are committed to assisting our districts in retaining employees and are finding ways to attract young adults into the field of education.”

To view the Educator Shortage Survey, visit here. 

*Note* Not all schools/districts were able to report numbers due to the challenges of COVID-19. The data is based on the results received.