With schools facing teacher shortages in math, science, bilingual/ESL and special education fields, IDRA created a new model for reaching potential teachers and preparing them to work in high-need schools. The results of IDRA’s 15 years of teacher preparation through six multi-year Transition to Teaching grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, were significant.
IDRA’s projects in Texas recruited over 800 recent graduates and mid-career professionals who had been working in fields other than teaching. These new teachers participated in intense professional development while in a first-year paid teaching internship. They committed to working in high-need school districts for a set number of years.
This infographic highlights IDRA’s report outlining the contributions of IDRA’s 15 years in teacher preparation.
See the eNews announcement about IDRA’s report.