This two-tiered project is designed to address high rates of teacher turnover in the district's high-need schools that make it difficult to hire and retain teachers in core academic subjects by streamlining teacher hiring systems, timelines, and processes. Three hundred participants - 30 per semester for five years - are committed to teaching English, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, special education, and/or English as a second language at the elementary or secondary level in a high-need school for three years. The first tier, the Paraprofessional Transition to Teaching Program, partners the Local Educational Agency (LEA) and St. Petersburg College to provide comprehensive support and financial aid to currently employed, eligible, select paraprofessionals who pursue a bachelor's degree and teacher certification. The second tier expands an existing Alternative Certification Program by offering financial incentives to mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to offset tuition costs associated with certification.
By streamlining hiring practices and new staff support systems for alternative certification candidates, the "No Teacher Left Behind" project aims to expand the pool of mid-career professionals and recent graduates who become highly qualified to teach and remain in the county's high need schools. The project will serve at least 400 individuals who will teach in Broward County public schools. The project is designed to promote early hiring, efficient recruiting and hiring processes, and institute transfer and surplus policy changes. The "No Teacher Left Behind" project aims to improve hiring, tracking and placement practices using strategies such as a Streamlined One Stop (SOS) center for all recruits, a teacher recruitment program focused on attracting individuals in subject areas with critical shortages, and a new service delivery model for alternative certification candidates.