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The state Department of Education has launched the first statewide support initiative of its kind in the nation, in partnership with TEACH Connecticut.  The PSA called “The Future Depends on Teachers” focuses on the nation’s recovery while aiming to inspire talented, diverse candidates to become educators. 

TEACH Connecticut has made tools and resources available for people who are considering becoming a teacher. 

Connecticut is facing an historic shortage of teachers, which has been compounded by the pandemic and accompanying fiscal crisis. Connecticut has persistent shortage in areas such as math, science, bilingual and special education. TEACH Connecticut advisor Lauren Danner says when schools shut down and students stayed home, parents gained a better understanding of and appreciation for teachers.  

Advocates say a diverse teacher workforce results in better outcomes for students of all races/ethnicities, such as reduced dropout rates, improved college admissions, and achievement gains.   

TEACHConnecticut.org includes links to sign up for 1:1 coaching from experienced teachers, certification guides, ways to compare preparation programs, and other resources.  The online portal also includes financial aid opportunities. 

TEACH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, launched by Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Education and is supported by the nation’s top teacher associations.

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