With a teacher shortage looming nationwide, Edinboro University recently launched Boro Teach, an innovative dual-enrollment program for Erie School District (ESD) students interested in careers in teaching. The first cohort of six Erie High School students began the program earlier this month.
According to a study conducted by Sutcher, Darling, Hammond and Carver-Thomas, the projected teacher supply will lag demand by as much as 200,000 by 2025.
“Based on the very real current shortage of teachers, we wanted to work with the Erie School District to create a pipeline, increase the diversity of the teachers in the ESD and students at Edinboro University,” says Stephanie Williams, director of clinical experiences and partnerships, Edinboro School of Education, who will serve as student advisor for Boro Teach. “This program connects to Erie Mayor Joe Schember’s plan of Activating our Vision: A Path to Success by supporting full community growth.”
All classes will take place at Erie High School, one each semester for two years, culminating in a Summer Residency on the Edinboro University Campus in the Summer of 2022. During the residency, each high school student will be able to identify an education major, complete the application process to Edinboro University, complete a group volunteer project and participate in the Edinboro University Reading Camp. Each high school student will be assigned a peer mentor who is a current Edinboro student studying education.
“We at Erie's Public Schools are extremely thankful for the partnership with Edinboro University and its belief in our students' ability to be game changers in the classroom,” says Ken E. Nickson, Jr., coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “This partnership allows students to begin making the brave and invigorating commitment to teaching as early as their sophomore year, an incredible opportunity we are proud to champion. This inaugural class has been nothing but fearless, and is ready to get started on their new quest to teach and inspire.”
“This program is designed to encourage a perhaps underserved population to pursue the field of education and each enrolled student has expressed a strong desire to become an educator,” says Erinn Lake, dean of Edinboro’s School of Education. “We hope that these students will choose Edinboro, with its 164-year history of teacher education, to pursue their goals of becoming teachers, and then in turn, we hope that they will return to the Erie School District as teachers once they have completed their education.”
Program costs are covered through Edinboro University’s John Drew Scholar Education Fund, established by the Greater Erie Economic Development Corporation, as long as students maintain the rigor of the program.
“Boro Teach is a true partnership as these students will be mentored by both Erie School District and Edinboro University throughout the two years while in high school,” Williams added. “The program costs are covered through the foundation and students are guaranteed an interview upon graduation.”
About Edinboro University Education
Edinboro University is one of Pennsylvania’s longest-standing teacher preparation programs. Founded in 1857, as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers evolved into the current Edinboro University. As of 2021, Edinboro has expanded to offer more programs, but remains a leader in teacher preparation, with accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), ensuring the excellence of an Edinboro University education degree, and the only university in Pennsylvania with both initial and advanced certification status.