Eastern Illinois University is slated to offer teacher education courses and support services for a new program that aims to help address a shortage of 1,800 teachers in Illinois. The Illinois-based Golden Apple Foundation has recruited EIU to be one of two higher education partners for the new Accelerators Program, set to prepare 50 teacher candidates during the 2020-2021 school year. Golden Apple reported that it will recruit candidates who are committed to four years of teaching in southern, central, or western Illinois. The Accelerators Program is open to college seniors and to “career changers” with bachelor’s degrees not in teaching but with backgrounds that will help them to teach in high-need areas, such as special education and STEM.
According to new data from the National Council on Teacher Quality, it was revealed that the majority of states do not ask for evidence of prior successful teaching for those teachers coming from out of state who are applying for a teaching license, in spite of imposing many demands covering a host of other factors. As important, there are seven states that do not require a criminal background check on such teachers.
The strategy dubbed ‘Grow You Own’ has high schools partnering with colleges throughout Montana to train uncertified prospective teachers recruited by school districts to fill open positions. According to Vikki Howard, a professor of special education at the University of Montana – Western, this strategy reflects the acknowledgment that local communities may provide an answer to teacher shortages in rural and tribal communities by mining existing individuals who are unable to leave their community to attend college due to the cost of attendance and/or family obligations.
Studies show that coaching is effective at reducing procrastination and facilitating goal attainment and there is a growing body of empirical research that supports the findings that business coaching really does facilitate goal achievement. In an interesting new case study published in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring researcher Sally Bonneywell explores precisely how coaching supports the development of female leaders in particular, within a global organization. Bonneywell shines a light on coaching and demystifies what can sometimes seem like mysterious work. The research reveals how one to one coaching and group coaching was experienced by the clients.