This project is used to create new, comprehensive, customized, and effective models of long-distance learning, alternative routes to certification, marketing and benefit programs, as well as teacher and principal training, mentoring, and follow-up. The project seeks to identify paradigms that can be replicated in other rural areas throughout the state. The program works with out-of-field professionals from in and out of state, paraprofessionals, and emergency certified teachers. All mid-career professionals are assigned district-based mentors who teach them about Arizona State Standards and assist them over a three-year period. Targeted LEAs have customized benefit programs and long distance learning strategies to support the advancement of these instructors in high-quality teaching.
Project REACH is a national collaboration among the University of Phoenix's online and on-the-ground campuses and high-need school districts in Arizona, Hawaii, the American Samoa, and Nevada. This project will prepare 310 new teachers who will become knowledgeable of technology, meet academic standards, fulfill teacher certification requirements required by their respective states, and serve three years in high-need schools. Participants take part in a full mentorship program after completing their Master's degrees and passing the state's licensure/certification exam. Participants develop an online professional academic portfolio, and are recruited from the following pools: recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, local military personnel, and paraprofessionals with a bachelor's degree in a non-education field.