A Texas-Sized Solution to a Thriving Teacher Workforce


What happens in Texas influences the rest of the U.S. ​​What if we created a better path to teaching, right here, right now, in this session? This panel features education champions across Texas who are all working to combat the teacher shortage crisis. From a teacher in Dallas, to a nonprofit in Houston, to the nation’s largest pipeline program for diverse teachers, you’ll hear a variety of perspectives on what it will take to ensure all students can have excellent teachers — and all teachers can thrive in their careers.

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  1. Attendees will take away concrete ideas about building a thriving teacher workforce to take back to their schools and communities.
  2. Education leaders will better understand how to use their own voices to build coalitions, inspire change, and drive action.
  3. Policymakers will leave with solutions to consider for how to improve recruiting, retaining, and rewarding excellent educators in Texas and beyond.


  • Shontee Branton, 1st Grade ELAR Teacher/ K-2 Reading Interventionist, Dallas ISD
  • Robert Carreon, Vice President, Public Affairs - Texas, Teach For America
  • Meredith-Leigh Pleasants, Director, Talent Pipelines, Good Reason Houston
  • Lane Lowe, Co-Founder and President, Matterlab


Afzal Habiban, Brand, People, & Operations Manager, Matterlab

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