|Grantee Name:||Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC)|
|Project Name:||T2T09: A Transition to Teaching Expansion Project|
|Project Director:||Liz Storey 270-563-2113|
|Partner Districts/LEAs:||Adair County, Allen County, Bowling Green Independent, Breckinridge County, Butler County, Campbellsville Independent,
Caverna Independent, Cloverport Independent, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Elizabethtown Independent, Grayson County, Green County, Hart County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Ohio County, Owensboro Independent, Russellville Independent, and Todd County
The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative will partner with Western Kentucky University and 20 high-need rural school districts to expand existing alternative routes to teacher certification in math, science, foreign language, other content areas, and special education, and eliminate barriers specifically related to content coursework. In addition, T2T09 will further embed those initial routes as a tool for rural districts through new incentives, new support and new community guidance. The project will also design and implement new alternative routes, including certification in Moderate/Severe Disability (MSD) and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (preschool, IECE) – both shortage areas in our schools. T2T09 will include working with university faculty to develop additional online, I-TV, and/or alternative coursework to further eliminate barriers for our rural candidates, some of whom live more than 100 miles from any certification program. Finally, we will evaluate and address district-hiring practices that limit the effectiveness of recruitment efforts and, therefore, the application pool. Through T2T 09, we will increase the number of participants who become teachers of record (100 candidates); ensure up to 90% receive certification; and create supports that keep these high quality teachers in our 20 districts for at least three years. The project will concentrate on the identified shortage areas of secondary math and science, foreign language, preschool and special education. Candidates will be mid-career professionals with a Bachelor degree in a high-need area; highly qualified paraprofessionals with life experience with special needs students or in preschool; and recent college graduates.