State tries to re­cruit new teach­ers

The Norwalk Hour - - NEWS - By Linda Con­ner Lam­beck

HART­FORD — The state De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is team­ing up with a group called to at­tract a more di­verse and ta­lented teach­ing pool.

TEACH Con­necti­cut will be a statewide ini­tia­tive to help fill va­can­cies in cer­ti­fi­ca­tion short­age ar­eas such as math, sci­ence, and bilin­gual and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion.

Gov. Dan­nel P. Mal­loy called it an im­por­tant re­source. The cam­paign will in­clude tele­vi­sion and ra­dio ads that high­light the creativ­ity, lead­er­ship and ex­cite­ment teach­ers in class­rooms across Con­necti­cut en­counter daily.

There also will be a web­site,, to serve as a one-stop-shop por­tal for those con­sid­er­ing teach­ing as a ca­reer. It will take in­di­vid­u­als through the qual­i­fi­ca­tions needed to teach, help them re­search school dis­tricts and salary in­for­ma­tion, list teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­grams and re­view cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

In the cur­rent school year, some school dis­tricts are strug­gling to fill va­can­cies. The Bridge­port Board of Ed­u­ca­tion was told it had about two-dozen va­can­cies as of late Septem­ber. That was lower than in past years.

Statewide there are 10 des­ig­nated short­age ar­eas for teach­ers, in­clud­ing bilin­gual ed­u­ca­tion, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, math, li­brary and me­dia spe­cial­ists, sci­ence, speech, tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion and world lan­guages.

In pri­or­ity school dis­tricts, teach­ers of short­age ar­eas may be el­i­gi­ble for a state Mort­gage As­sis­tance pro­gram, and those dis­tricts may be al­lowed to hire re­tired teach­ers to fill va­can­cies.

The state De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in­vited all schools and school dis­tricts in the state, in­clud­ing char­ter schools, ap­proved spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion providers and ed­u­ca­tor prepa­ra­tion pro­grams, to join the ini­tia­tive. So far, more than 70 schools joined the ini­tia­tive and more will con­tinue to be added. is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion launched by Mi­crosoft and the U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. Visit TEACH Con­necti­cut at con­necti­

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