MDE has convened a task force to consider “Grow Your Own” strategies and options for addressing the teacher shortage in our state, particularly in critical shortage districts. Among other goals, the task force seeks to identify strategies for creating a pipeline of effective teachers, improving teacher retention, and recruiting for hard-to-staff positions. MPE Executive Director Kelly Riley is serving on this task force and attended its initial meeting this past Tuesday. Most of the meeting was spent reviewing what Mississippi is currently doing related to teacher recruitment and credentialing. The task force has not set its next meeting date.