NDHS Grads Hoping To Bring “Back The Love” (VIDEO)

Evansville (NNDC/WEHT) INDIANA IS IN THE MIDST OF A MAJOR TEACHER SHORTAGE. INITIAL PRACTITIONER LICENSES DOWN 32-PERCENT AND PRINCIPAL’S ARE HAVING TOUGH TIME FILLING OPEN POSITIONS.

IN RECENT YEARS, TEACHERS HAVE BEEN GETTING OUT OF THE PROFESSION: AND FAR FEWER COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY MAJORING IN EDUCATION.

THIS HAS PROMPTED THE THE UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE TO CREATE A NEW “FOUR-PRONGED APPROACH” TO GET STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TEACHING AGAIN. IN PART ONE OF A TWO-PART SERIES ON EDUCATION IN INDIANA TINA STEIN WITH OUR MEDIA PARTNER WTVW/WEHT TALKS WITH TWO NORTHEAST DUBOIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO HOPE TO RETURN HOME THIS SUMMER TO BEGIN THEIR OWN TEACHING CAREERS…

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ALEXA AND MADISON RASCHE ARE IN THEIR FINAL SEMESTER AT U-E. PART OF THE SMALLEST GROUP OF EDUCATION MAJORS THERE IN AT LEAST 16 YEARS. THEIR LOVE FOR TEACHING… LEARNED EARLY FROM THEIR MOM.

(ALEXA RASCHE ON CAMERA) “She’s (our mom) very hopeful, she keeps telling us the pendelom will swing back, it will soon become positive again and there will be a positive outlook on education and hopefully we could get government allowing teachers a little more creativity and to give them more power again, give the power back to the teacher”

THE NUMBER OF U-E EDUCATION MAJORS IN FALL 2015… ABOUT HALF WHAT IT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO. SO UNIVERSITY LEADERS… TRYING TO CHANGE THAT TREND… BY LURING STUDENTS BACK TO THE TEACHING PROFESSION. THEY’RE OFFERING TWO YEARS FREE TUITION… FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW THROUGH AND GET JOBS TEACHING STEM SUBJECTS… FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND SPECIAL ED. A 48-THOUSAND DOLLAR SAVINGS… FOR ABOUT A DOZEN QUALIFYING STUDENTS.

(DR. THOMAS KAZEE ON CAMERA) “We think it could make a real difference in if they’ve been reading about how the teaching profession has been evolving over time and we’re there to say look it’s not only an honorable profession, it’s one you can afford to get the training you need and go on to a really successful career in the profession.”

THE (UE) TRANSITION TO TEACHING PROGRAM… SLASHES TUITION IN MORE THAN HALF. PEOPLE WITH DEGREES OUTSIDE EDUCATION… GET A TEACHING LICENSE TO FOCUS ON FIFTH THROUGH 12TH GRADE.

(PAUL PARKISON ON CAMERA) “You’d be surprised at the number of engineers and express an interest in our region we get folks who’ve worked in the coal industy that are retired or looking to retire and think well I’m 55 or 60 I could teach for a while. You combine that with more recent graduates who’ve been working in pharmaceutical labs or different places in town and think I really would have gone into teaching but I got talking out of it.”

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CHAIR DR. PAUL PARKISON SAYS U-E USUALLY GETS ABOUT FOUR STUDENTS LIKE THAT A YEAR… AND HOPES TO TRIPLE IT. U-E ALSO OFFERING STUDENTS GETTING THEIR ASSOCIATES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE… AN EASIER TRANSITION TO U-E… AND CHARGING A QUARTER OF WHAT IT DOES NOW PER CREDIT HOUR.

AND FINALLY… LAUNCHING A MENTORING PROGRAM WITH THE SCHOOL CORPORATIONS IN EVANSVILLE… WARRICK COUNTY… AND CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE.

(PARKISON ON CAMERA) “So they have a place to go and share concern about something that’s not high stakes that’s not going to show up in a performance review that they can get answers, they could be supported in a collegial professional way. There’s no doubt that education and being a teacher right now is high stakes, it always has been. but now it’s high stakes under a microscope and with some additional pressure so we want to make sure our graduates have the support they need to get that tough period of learning the ropes, get through that 3 years 5 hears, because realistically once they get through that period, they’re going to stay in the profession.”

(DR. THOMAS KAZEE ON CAMERA) “What we want to do in Evansville, what we want to do in this country depends on education, it depends on us having talented, passionate committed teachers. we have a role to play as a university and we have for many yaers graduated fine teachers it’s discouraging to see not enough young men and women are seeing teaching as a profession that they will be rewarded by.”

AS ALEXA AND MADISON LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR MAY GRADUATION… THEY’RE PREPARING FOR WHAT’S NEXT. TEACHING JOBS AT HOME IN DUBOIS COUNTY… WHERE THEY SAY THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPENINGS. (MADISON RASCHE ON CAMERA) “it’s really suprising and really great to know there are opportunities available to us

A LUXURY VETERAN TEACHERS DIDN’T ALWAYS HAVE.

 

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