Maine-Endwell Central School District receives grant to benefit future teachers
ENDICOTT (WBNG) - “This is a more real world experience so I think the kids get a much better foundation for what its going to take to become a teacher,” said Vice President Lynne Musa of the Maine-Endwell Teachers Association.
For Maine-Endwell students with aspirations to become an educator, two courses are offered within the district that account for college credit. With partnerships from SUNY Broome and Binghamton University, the classes are EDU 111 and EDUC 101.
“Last year was the first year that Bridget had the courses. We’re trying to expand the program,” said Musa. “The classes are a lot of hands-on, field trips, going out into the community, going into classrooms.”
The purpose of the courses is to create a teacher pipeline of attraction for the career. “The opportunity to have a really firsthand, student-centered, authentic learning experience in high school,” said English Teacher Bridget Wilson. “They receive college credits, we’re able to partner with SUNY Broome and Binghamton University.”
To expand the program and pipeline, the school district received money from the New York State United Teachers, which is all thanks to the National Education Association’s Great Public Schools Fund Grant. It’s a $5,000 grant for two years, which amounts to $10,000 for 2022 to 2024. According to Wilson, the school district was given the grant earlier this month.
According to Wilson and Musa, the money be used for supplying professional attire, networking, literacy projects, field trips, transportation costs, and more.
“We’ve all read about and heard about and are experiencing the teacher shortage. I think this is a great way of trying to combat that to get kids in early to see this is what it’s like,” said Musa.
Locally, other school districts, such as Chenango Forks and Windsor, are on the receiving end of this exact same grant for future educators.
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