Teacher shortage in Colorado reaches critical condition

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Teacher shortage in Colorado reaches critical condition

Legislation pending in state Legislature to remedy crisis
Students study in a World History class at Montezuma-Cortez High School.
Students gather between classes at M-CHS.
Noah Gorz, left, works with Escalante Middle School sixth-grade student Nicoel Swete in the school’s library Friday under the supervision of teacher Duane Tucker, background. Gorz is in an alternative licensing program to become a teacher.
Leigh Gillette, who is taking part in the Boettcher teacher program at Durango School District 9-R, works with students at Miller Middle School in 2016.
Alternative licensure information

Of the 3,268 teachers who completed a teacher education program last year, about 25 percent did so though an alternative licensing program.
One such program is Boettcher Teacher Residency, which offers continued education to college graduates who are interested in education.
This week, the Boettcher program held free information sessions about what the program offers and the enrollment requirements. Some of the 21 Boettcher residents in the region will be available for questions, said Evan Kennedy, recruitment manager for the program.
Montezuma-Cortez School District board room, 400 N. Elm St., Cortez.Interested individuals can register in advance at www.boettcherteachers.org. Walk-ins also are welcome, Kennedy said.

Teacher shortage in Colorado reaches critical condition

Students study in a World History class at Montezuma-Cortez High School.
Students gather between classes at M-CHS.
Noah Gorz, left, works with Escalante Middle School sixth-grade student Nicoel Swete in the school’s library Friday under the supervision of teacher Duane Tucker, background. Gorz is in an alternative licensing program to become a teacher.
Leigh Gillette, who is taking part in the Boettcher teacher program at Durango School District 9-R, works with students at Miller Middle School in 2016.
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