Jane West will present "The Convergence of Teacher Shortages and Teacher Turnover with Federal Education Policy: What Does It Mean for Teacher Preparation?" Her lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the UW College of Education's Boeing Chair in Teacher Education.
West provides education consulting services to a range of national organizations who seek to engage with policy makers and inform decision making at the national level. With a Ph.D. in special education and several years as a teacher, administrator, and higher education faculty member, she brings a professional perspective to her work. As a former professional staff member for the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) she understands the policy making process from the inside out. Her clients include the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. She is a visiting professor at the University of Maryland where she teaches advanced courses in education policy and politics.