Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with Broward College, launched the Para-to-Teacher Program for Educational Support Professionals with a pre-admission orientation event on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie.
BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and Broward College North Campus President and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Avis Proctor were among District and Broward College leadership on hand to meet and welcome the first cohort of paraprofessional students to become teachers.
The new innovative program provides an opportunity for classroom paraprofessionals, who are currently working in select District schools, to earn their bachelor’s degree through the Broward College Teacher Education Program. The Para-to-Teacher program, which is funded through the BCPS Teacher Incentive Fund project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, also provides training for current teachers to become clinical education supervisors at participating schools. Schools with a high percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals school meals were identified for the project. Thirty-two schools are participating, including 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools and four high schools
“This is a collaborative partnership to strengthen the teacher pipeline by building a pathway for our education paraprofessionals to earn their degree,” said Angela Brown, director of BCPS Coaching and Induction. “We’ve also developed a robust set of resources that go beyond their attainment of a degree, which include certification support for the Florida professional certificate and ongoing mentoring through teacher induction for effectiveness and retention.”
The Para-to-Teacher Program will help to alleviate ongoing teacher shortages in critical areas of instruction, such as Exceptional Student Education (ESE), mathematics and science, by increasing the availability of highly-qualified teachers. Participants will complete field experience and student teaching requirements in their current schools, with the goal of becoming certified educators.
Pictured above: Broward College North Campus President and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Avis Proctor welcomes first cohort of paraprofessional students.
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