At least 175 teachers are being trained through the Appalachian Transition to Teaching Program (ATTP). New lateral entry teachers already teaching on a provisional basis in schools within the ATTP region and licensure-only potential teachers who have non-education degrees in fields that may or may not align with existing licensure areas are being recruited. Using the cohort model, licensure courses are offered at the 10 established Appalachian Learning Alliance locations, which draw candidates from five to seven counties. This program allows candidates to continue to work full-time while seeking to complete state licensure requirements in a timely way. Support resources and appropriate follow-up to ensure high levels of completion, employment, and retention are provided. The ATTP model is incorporated into an existing education alliance to ensure continuity after completion of the project.
|Grantee Name:||Cumberland County Schools|
|Project Name:||Supporting Teachers Entering the Profession (STEP)|
|Project Director:||Theresa Perry 910-678-8734|
Two cohorts of 80 teachers are expected to complete the Lateral Entry Institute within 24 months of beginning this program. Each cohort will consist of mid-career professionals, individuals connected with the military, recent college graduates with non-teaching degrees, and school paraprofessionals with bachelor's degrees. Mentors are trained to provide support to first- and second-year lateral entry teachers.
Sixty-five paraprofessionals who have bachelor's degrees in teacher education and substantial demonstrated career experience will complete the Initial License and Continuing License processes required by the state. One hundred-eighty paraprofessionals, with at least two years of college experience, will enroll in a teacher education program, complete a bachelor's degree in education, and meet criteria for a Continuing License. Two hundred lateral entry teachers, who have graduated not more than three years before applying to the program, and who have non-teaching degrees, will also complete requirements for Initial and Continuing Liscencsure. The program includes mentoring for two years, cyber classrooms, a Virtual College, a Weekend-Evening College, new teacher support, national exam seminars (PRAXIS I, II), new teacher orientation, career planning, and an abundance of resources. Northeastern North Carolina Transition to Teaching Project is in partnership with 14 Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
The Coalition for Transition to Teaching is designed to enable mid-career professionals, especially military personnel, to become educators. Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and have an interest in earning licensure in the high-need areas of middle or secondary level mathematics or science, special education, elementary education, or others identified by the participating school systems. The CT3 program focuses on mentoring and ongoing support processes, such as learning teams, throughout the training period. Candidates receive a $2500 stipend and a laptop computer.
|Grantee Name:||Wake County Public School System|
|Project Name:||Bridges to Success Network|
|Project Director:||Shelia Bennett 919-854-1698|
The Bridges to Success Network (BSN) focuses on recruiting and retaining lateral entry mid-career professionals and recent non-education college graduates to fill critical needs teaching areas in special education, math, science, and career and technical education. During their first year of full employment, newly employed lateral entry teachers participate in the Bridges to Success Network Institute, a professional development program that includes an orientation and induction program tailored to their specific concerns. University coursework links pedagogical instruction with the daily requirements of the teaching profession. Support networks provide opportunities for communication and collaboration with district master teachers.