There is an urgent need not only to attract more people into the teaching profession but also to build a more diverse, highly qualified, and culturally sensitive teaching workforce that can meet the needs of a rapidly changing school-age population. The projected number of elementary, secondary, and community college teachers that will be needed in Mississippi significantly outweighs the number of students enrolled in teacher preparation programs throughout the state.
The Teacher Academy program consists of four Carnegie-unit courses delivered in a two-year format that will do the following:
· Recruit high-quality high school students for the teaching profession.
· Give qualified high school students an opportunity to begin a successful career path to teaching.
· Offer the opportunity to recruit and train quality students who may return to the district as tomorrow’s high-quality teachers. This is a “grow your own” solution to the current and looming shortage in the teaching profession.
· Provide a framework for building solid partners with area institutions of higher education and offer exciting challenges and opportunities for students.
Over the course of year 1 of the Teacher Academy program, the following units will be covered. Students are expected to achieve mastery level of each unit by the end of the school year.
During year 2 of the Teacher Academy program, the units below will be covered while the units above will be reviewed. Students are expected to achieve and maintain mastery level of each unit from years 1 & 2 by the end of the second year of the program.