About the event:

The webinar will present findings from WES Global Talent Bridge’s upcoming report, Can Immigrant Professionals Help Reduce Teacher Shortages in the U.S.? Policy experts from Washington State and New York City will discuss efforts to streamline pathways for foreign-trained immigrants and refugees to enter the teaching profession.

Issues to be discussed include:

  • How experienced and skilled immigrant professionals can help fill teacher shortages in STEM, bilingual education and other fields, and strengthen teacher diversity in increasingly diverse schools
  • What are some current alternative teacher certification programs and policies at the state and local levels that provide pathways for foreign-trained immigrants into teaching
  • New policy and program initiatives that can further advance the contributions of immigrant professionals as educators in the U.S.




Policy Consultant, WES Global Talent Bridge


Alexandra Manuel

Director, WA State Professional Educators Standards Board


Stephanie Hill

Deputy Executive Director of Pathways and Preparation, New York City Department of Education

The views and opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of World Education Services (WES).