Teach Arkansas Initiative Solves Teacher Shortage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Elementary and Secondary Education Division of the Arkansas Department of Education has changed its name and is launching the Teach Arkansas campaign.

Teach Arkansas will provide current and future teachers with an accessible hub for career resources. On the site, current teachers can find professional development opportunities to augment their existing skills and income, high school and college students can learn how to enter the teaching profession, and potential career changers can discover affordable paths to the classroom.

“All Arkansans agree that our students deserve a quality education,” said ADE Secretary Johnny Key. “For this to become a reality, schools across the state must be fully staffed with highly qualified teachers. Teach Arkansas aims to encourage existing teachers to pursue their careers while inspiring high school and college students and professionals in other fields to join them in shaping the lives of our state’s future leaders. Together we can grow tomorrow, today.

One-on-one coaching with trained professionals to guide current and future teachers through paths to licensing or career advancement is also available. Guidance counselor contact information is available on the website.

“Teach Arkansas makes it easier than ever for current teachers to identify opportunities for career advancement and for those who wish to become teachers to identify pathways to the classroom that are right for them, as well as financial incentives and coaching. to help them get there,” Ben said. Kutylo, executive director of Forward Arkansas.

You can learn more about the initiative by visiting the website here.

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