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Grantee Name:The School Board of Broward County
Project Name:The TEACHER (Transitions to Education and Accelerated Certification options through Higher Education Response) Project
Project Director:Elisa Calabrese 954-236-1191
Partner Districts/LEAs:Broward County Public Schools

TEACHER (Transitions to Education and Accelerated Certification options through Higher Education Response) Project creates a model competency-based alternative certification program and provides a coordinated plan to deliver this model to 250 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, English as a second language, foreign languages, mathematics, reading, science, social science, and special education. Non-education trained teachers on a temporary certificate will become professionally certified through a blended (face-to-face and online) delivery that can be converted into graduate credit toward an advanced degree. This project enlists a cadre of collaborators (Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, and Southern Regional Education Board) to improve alternative routes and professional training for non-education trained prospective teachers and current teachers teaching in high need subject areas in struggling schools. All participants in the program will receive a mentor trained in Coaching for School Improvement. In addition, after program participants complete their professional certification program they will receive guidance and support to continue their studies to earn reading endorsement through an approved professional development program. This project's goal is to expand the pool of quality mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who become highly qualified to teach in critical core subject areas and professionally certified. The expected outcomes are to enhance the quality of the teacher candidate pool; effectively prepare teachers to meet educational needs of their students and improve student achievement; increase the number of professionally certified teachers; and increase teacher retention. It also contributes solutions that will streamline the recruitment, selection, hiring, placement, and tracking systems to secure the highest quality teachers for Broward's high need schools.

Grantee Name:Hillsborough County Public Schools
Project Name:The Science and Mathematics Accelerated Readiness for Teaching (SMART)
Project Director:Scott D. Richman 813-840-7032
Partner Districts/LEAs:Hillsborough County Public Schools

The Science and Mathematics Accelerated Readiness for Teaching (SMART) project is designed to provide high quality comprehensive support to individuals pursuing full teacher certification in the high needs areas of mathematics and science. SMART partners with Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance (TBWA) to provide recruitment and pre selection induction and is designed to recruit and attract only career changers and recent college graduates who have experience or a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and are willing to teach in a high needs school for a minimum of three years. Goals include: (1) Recruit and place project participants as science and mathematics teachers in high need schools, (2) Increase the efficacy of the alternative certification program to support an accelerated path to certification/licensure for project participants, and(3) Retain highly qualified participants as science and mathematics teachers in high needs schools. Expected outcomes include: (1) the number of participants with STEM backgrounds in the applicant pool at high needs schools will increase by 20% annually, (2) The number of participants with STEM backgrounds who become teachers of record in mathematics and science at high needs schools will increase by 20% annually, and (3) the number of participants who gain state certification at an accelerated rate will increase by 50%. SMART proposes to begin Year 1 with 30 participants, adding participants each year for a five year project total of 250 participants. Activities for SMART are specifically tailored for the project and include: (1) targeted recruitment at universities, (2) a year-long professional development series that integrates science and mathematics content and pedagogy, (3) an accelerated time frame of one year to receive state certification, and (4) incentive scholarships to defray costs of National Board Certification or a Master’s Degree in Education.


 
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