Part of the fun/challenge in any new role is taking a much broader look at your industry. Yesterday I looked at how the American College of Education could help teachers from an alternative certification and today I dove in a little deeper.
I started looking at Florida's Educator Preparation Institutes or EPI's and came away very impressed. If you have not heard of these programs, Florida passed a law in 2005 and by 2007 750 new teachers had come through these new alternative certification programs. Needless to say, community colleges do move fast when they have a great opportunity to help students!
As with all alternative certification, these mid-career professionals need to move up the career ladder fast and a master's degree can really help. The board at the American College of Education was generous enough to assist these new teachers with tuition grants. More to come as we set this up.