As K-12 school administrators know, finding the best talent for their schools is becoming more challenging, with fewer people entering the teaching profession and more teachers retiring. With no near-term end in sight, hiring and retaining great teachers may be problematic for years to come.

While the teacher shortage used to be confined to rural areas, it now is a nationwide problem impacting nearly every U.S. school district. For some districts, administrators have trouble filling specialized teaching positions, while other districts find it difficult to fill all positions.

According to a recent report by the Learning Policy Institute, if supply...

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Nick Montgomery is the chief research officer for PeopleAdmin. With over 15 years of experience across education research and computer science, Nick brings a wide breadth of knowledge and insight to solving education problems with data. Prior to leading the research, assessment, and analytics agenda Nick was a co-founder of UChicago Impact and Associate Director at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago — providing nationwide school improvement data tools built from high-end research to over 4,000 schools nationwide. Nick holds a Master of Arts in education research from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Brown University.