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'Introduction' Program Could Address Teacher Shortage

May 16, 2018 11:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It’s an idea that could help address an on-going problem.

Think of it as “Education 101.”

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"It's for any junior or senior who is just thinking about becoming a teacher,"  said Jodi Munson, a middle school teacher at Grand Meadow Schools.

Next school year, Grand Meadow Schools and Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall will team-up for a program that could help create the next generation of teachers.

"It will be a general education class to get them interested in it, have any questions answered and to really get them in the classroom as well so they become part of that experience," Munson said.

Munson will be teaching “Introduction To Education," which might be a way to address an on-going teacher shortage and the ripple effect that could come with it.

"I think it could be bigger class sizes, which could be so detrimental; you might have someone who's not certified in an area who has to step up and help in another area," Munson said.

The 2017 Minnesota teacher "Supply and Demand" report found a 30 percent drop in the number of people entering teacher prep programs, and it found that more than a fourth of Minnesota teachers have left their jobs after three years.

"I plan to attend Minnesota State Mankato and major in elementary education," Allison Sloan said.

"Winona State and majoring in special education," Peyton Pooler said.

Both will miss the introduction to education program because they're graduating from high school this spring.

"I've had to take some classes with different schools just so I could learn more about education and children and stuff like that, so I really wish this would have been here this year,” Pooler said.

“My parents are both teachers,” Allison Sloan said. “My oldest brother is going into education, so it's kind of in the family."

“We'd love to grow our own teachers, have students from Grand Meadow and the surrounding area maybe come back to Grand Meadow to work in the education field," Munson said.

“Introduction To Education” will be a concurrent class offered at the school in Grand Meadow where students will earn both high school and college credit.

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