New program helps school's hire more teachers

New program helps school's hire more teachers
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 1:34pm

A national program will give money to school's in high-need to hire more teachers.

Grambling State University will receive $703,043, and the University of Louisiana, Monroe, will receive $786,386 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching Program. The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education and then help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program emphasizes placing teachers in high-need schools.

“Talented teachers come from all walks of life, and life experiences can enhance a teacher’s abilities in the classroom and rapport with students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will encourage more interested professionals to transition to teaching and increase our cadre of teachers for schools that need them the most.”

Funded for a total of $12.8 million, this year’s grantees are located in 16 states and one territory. Priorities among this year’s grantees include partnerships or consortiums with high-need state agencies or local school districts; the preparation of teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, where additional teachers are greatly needed; and the staffing needs of high-risk schools in rural areas and areas that serve American Native or Alaskan Native communities.

The Transition to Teaching projects are funded for five years. Approximately 4,800 new teachers are expected to be certified by the end of the five-year period. Teacher candidates supported by the projects are required to teach in high-need schools for at least three years. In addition to the STEM fields, projects support the training of teachers for other subjects with the greatest need, primarily special education and bilingual or English as a Second Language.

More information about this program can be found here.

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