|Grantee Name:||DeKalb County School System|
|Project Name:||Transition to Teaching|
|Project Director:||Marcia Roberts 404-245-1304|
Mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who have the skills necessary to obtain teacher certification have been recruited to provide the DeKalb County School System with teachers, particularly in high-need subject areas. This program includes recruitment, training, mentoring, and retention strategies. The culturally diverse group of participants is trained through a local Alternative Teacher Certification Program in order to become certified, are placed in classrooms, and are mentored and coached. Unique to the grant is a dual mentoring model for each alternatively certified teacher. Each teacher is paired with a trained site-based mentor who is available on a daily basis, as well as with an Itinerant Teacher Support Specialist who travels between schools and spends at least one hour per week observing the participant and collaborating with the site-based mentor for complete mentoring and coaching support.
|Grantee Name:||Georgia Professional Standards Commission|
|Project Name:||Reach to Teach in Georgia|
|Project Director:||Dr. Cynthia Stephens 404-232-2619|
Reach to Teach (RTT) in Georgia, in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, is attracting and developing highly qualified teachers in 65 eligible high-need schools within 24 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across Georgia. With an emphasis on science and mathematics, the project recognizes and assists eligible LEAs and schools to attract, prepare, support, and retain teachers in critical fields, such as special and early childhood education, foreign languages, and other identified areas. Administrators at the building and LEA level, Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program providers, and RTT Academy Faculty members engage over a three-year period in face-to-face demonstrations, cohort coaching, and electronic instructional techniques to support participants through the alternative route of preparation toward full professional certification and a teaching career.
Highly qualified but non-certified educational personnel (in particular, bilingual parent liaisons and paraprofessionals, but also mid-career professionals in other fields) who demonstrate competence and commitment to educating English Language Learners (ELLs) have been recruited to become long-term teachers for children in the Clarke County School District, Hall County School District, and Gainesville City Schools. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructional training and other continued professional development are provided. Candidates receive academic and social support through ongoing counseling services and training and the opportunity for teacher certification through two programs at the University of Georgia. High-quality, sustained in-service professional development, significant follow-up support, and on-going evaluation are included in the program.
The objectives of this program are: 1) to ensure that all teachers prepared through multiple alternative preparation programs meet performance expectations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG); 2) to increase the number and diversity of students admitted into teacher preparation programs; 3) to reach pre-specified institutional and system-level targets to increase the number and diversity of teachers prepared through each alternative teacher preparation program; and 4) to increase the number and diversity of USG prepared teachers hired, inducted, and retained by high-need Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).