Last year, the nation's teacher-preparation programs produced more than 300,000 new professional educators. However, close to 50 percent leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. Some of the reasons teachers leave the profession include low pay and an ever-increasing emphasis on testing, leaving little time for instruction.
Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department Head Bruce Johnson adds, "Thirty percent of the new teachers in the state leave within the first two years. We can't have a profession where a third of the people are gone."
We are working on innovative solutions to these issues.
Most recently, in collaboration with the Sahuarita Unified School District, the college has launched the Sahuarita Teaching Fellows Program to identify local high school students, college students, and postbaccalaureates who are interested in teaching. We're dedicated to building a shared commitment of training, program development, mentoring, and the induction of new teachers. Take a look at the coverage our initiative received:
We'll keep you posted as this moves forward.