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Grantee Name:Duval County Public Schools
Project Name:Transition to Teaching in Duval County Public Schools: "Leaving No Teacher Behind"
Project Director:Lissa Dunn 904-390-2502
Partner Districts/LEAs:Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)

The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Transition to Teaching Program will recruit mid-career professionals, recent college graduates, and eligible paraprofessionals to teach in the district's high-need schools. The project will target the high-need subject areas of reading, mathematics, science, ESE, ESOL, and elementary education. DCPS has developed partnerships with Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ), University of Florida (UF), and the University of North Florida (UNF) to provide multiple routes to achieve full teacher certification. The DCPS and UF partnership provides a year-long Urban Elementary Education apprenticeship program that allows eligible candidates the opportunity to receive on-the-job training and on-site coaching in a co-teaching setting while they complete their certification program. The FCCJ and UNF partnerships offer certification programs that provide accelerated preparation for eligible pre-service candidates and new teachers holding temporary certificates. The project will expand and enhance existing DCPS alternative certification programs through the addition of an intensive summer cohort and increased focus on retention through strategic mentoring activities. The development and implementation of on-going professional development for principals and leadership teams will provide tools to grow a school-based culture of support for new teachers. The Transition to Teaching: The program will prepare a total of 306 teachers (Year 1:26, Year 2:64, Year 3:108, Year 4: 108). No Teacher Left Behind project will also enable DCPS Human Resources Services to streamline hiring processes for highly qualified teacher candidates and offer attractive recruitment incentives such as job sharing and early hire timelines.

Grantee Name:School Board of Broward County
Project Name:Project PROMISE: Partners Responding with Options furthering the Mission to Increase Success for Educators
Project Director:Elise Calabrese 954-236-1326
Partner Districts/LEAs:Broward County Public Schools

Project PROMISE creates a model alternative certification center that will serve as a comprehensive resource for all alternative certification candidates in Broward County Public Schools. The project provides a coordinated plan to deliver model alternative preparation and professional certification routes to 375 quality mid-career professionals and recent college graduates, to teach in Broward's high-need schools in the critical subject areas of elementary education, English/language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and special education. Project PROMISE garners support from the effective partnerships formed among Broward County Public Schools, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, the non-profit agency Workforce One, and IBM. Project PROMISE will offer non-traditional college credit options with financial assistance to participants delivered in an accelerated format for undergraduate and graduate college credit. Collaborative curriculum development with the District and university partners will offer graduate-level reading courses through the District's Virtual University enabling the participant to earn graduate credit towards a master's degree. In addition, Project PROMISE focuses on improving teacher candidate selection through the use of a validated and reliable selection tool, and provides innovative pre-induction and induction services with strong mentoring activities specific to the needs of non-traditional candidates.


 
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