Teachers Sought for High-Need Areas

The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence hosted information sessions in Meridian Tuesday for potential new teachers.
It wants to put talented teachers in high-need school districts and subject areas.

The ABCTE is a national teacher certification program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

It's offering full scholarships for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree to become trained and certified as teachers in Mississippi, if they commit to teach in a high-need district for three years.

"With us, you do have to have a bachelor's degree, but you bypass taking additional college courses and state exams," said Amber Canidy, district outreach coordinator. "So we are an alternative to the traditional right that is filling the need for high-need districts and subject areas."

Those who could take advantage of the program would be recent college graduates, mid-career professionals or even someone who retired young and wants to help the next generation through teaching.

Interested individuals may find more information, including finding an online application at www.abcte.org/inspire or by calling 877-669-2228.

Below is a list of other information session being held in Mississippi:

Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center
220 West Front Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39430

Thursday, February 25 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1001 Dauphin Street
Picayune, MS 39466

Saturday, February 27 at 10 & 11am, noon & 1pm
Margaret Sherry Library
2141 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532

Tuesday, March 2 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club
500 Knox Road
Kosciusko, MS 39090

Wednesday, March 3 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Jodi Wilson Memorial Library
209 East Martin Luther King Drive
Greenwood, MS 38930

Saturday, March 6 at 10 & 11am, noon & 1pm
Buster Brown Community Center
400 E Robert Shaw Street
Greenville, MS 38701

Tuesday, March 9 at 5, 6 & 7pm
Lee County Library
219 North Madison Street
Tupelo, MS 38804

Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Holiday Inn Express
1510 Sunset Drive
Grenada, MS 38901

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  • by Celine Location: Hattiesburg on Feb 28, 2010 at 01:10 AM
    Lighten up Chris! LOL! Good teachers are just worried about loosing jobs to those who have had no actual classroom experience. Thanks for the clarification nevertheless. I am sure it is a good and worthwhile program. The pressure is unimaginable in Meridian's schools, where there are good teachers who remain uncredited while many pretty bad teachers get far too much praise for someone else's good job. It's all political of course. Great change is needed. Good luck to all of our teachers!
  • by Chris Location: Hattiesburg on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    K. C., The state does not pay for this. ABCTE is a self-supporting non-profit based in Washington, D. C. And questions should be followed by a question mark.
  • by J.G. Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 24, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    Amen to that.I am already worried that I won't have a job next year!
  • by K.C. Location: Mississippi on Feb 24, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    With all the schools in Mississippi talking about laying GOOD teachers off due to budget cuts, WHY OH WHY does the State need to spend money for scholarships for new teachers. This is S-T-U-P-I-D! Why can't we use common sense. Come on ya'll, we've got to stop this.
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