With a national teacher shortage causing school districts to ramp up recruiting efforts, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will be proposing a new pipeline program to make the path to a teaching profession faster than ever.
A new partnership between EBRPSS and Southern University will provide college-level courses for students in sixth to 12th grades, positioning them halfway to a teaching degree before high school graduation. This first-of-its-kind early college model offers students the chance to earn 60 hours of college credits, saving time and money on their educational paths.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will be holding a workshop to hear more about the proposal and to ask questions about the opportunity. The workshop will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, Sept. 1, at the School Board Office, 1050 S. Foster Drive.
“While one of the most noble callings available, there are many factors involved in the decision to become and remain a teacher,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse, Ed.D. “Current times have created a very competitive job market, so we intend to provide a program that prepares young people with the tools and experience they need to launch their careers.”
The proposed “teacher academy” will be located within the Southern University campus, allowing EBR students to attend classes in a focused curriculum and providing firsthand experience in the education field in this crucial time of cultivation.
“Being an educator is a profession fueled by a love for students and knowledge,” stated Dr. Tia Mills, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators. “As we face this nationwide teacher shortage, it’s important to consider ways to address this issue for long-term gains, not just short-term fixes. I’m excited about the proposal for a teacher academy because it will help generate new interest in our field while elevating the amazing educators already in our community.”
WOW! This is great news. I only read about it today but this is really going to open up avenues to strengthen the education field and launch strong spirit minded teachers for the future.