GDOE launches program to make up for teacher shortage

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is working to provide solutions to its shortage of teachers by launching Teacher and Administrator Effectiveness project.

The TAE program orientation was held in mid October at the GDOE central office.

The project is preparing 41 “limited-term teachers” for their initial certification.

The goal is to prepare 13 of them them for the  PRAXIS® test. Passage of that test will enable them to receive their initial certification by February 2020.

The remaining 28 limited-term teachers are in need of a combination of PRAXIS® tests and graduate courses to meet certification requirements mandated by the Guam Commission for Educator Certification.

These teachers will be enrolled in required courses over the next year.

Required courses include the following: Classroom Management, Foundations of Education, Learning Theories, Classroom Assessment and Principles and Practices in Special Education.

“We have so many individuals who are interested in becoming teachers,” said Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instructional Improvement Joe Sanchez said.

“Being able to offer this support shows we are working proactively to get highly qualified, fully certified teachers into the classrooms,” he said.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to support efforts to fill classrooms with fully certified, highly qualified teachers.

Eloise Sanchez and Michelle Camacho are the program coordinators.