Grantee: Recruitment and Retention Support Center-Hawaii Department of Education
Project Name: Transition to Teaching Program - Statewide
Project Director: Asami Dale
Project Type: State-Rural
This project removes barriers to teaching in Hawaii by creating alternatives to the traditional certification requirements. The STAR (State Teacher Alternative Route) program creates an alternative, accelerated route to teaching certification for 575 mid-career changers, retired military, and highly qualified paraprofessionals through a collaboration between Brigham Young University Hawaii, University of Phoenix, and the Hawaii Department of Education, which operates 280 schools under a single district. College graduates with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and paraprofessionals with a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience, post-secondary education or demonstrated competence in a high-need academic subject area are also eligible to apply. Candidates passing the screening process work with the Department of Education to develop an individualized program for certification, receive a 24-month provisional teaching certificate, are placed in high-need schools, and receive full salary benefits. University and distance learning courses focused on teaching math, science and technology are combined with on-site mentoring, cohort support, and quarterly supervision. The project focuses on seven districts in the high-need areas of Oahu's rural Leeward Coast and remote areas on the islands of Hawaii, Molokai, and Lanai.