Lakeland Aims to Diversify Teaching Staff
By BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER
March 12, 2018 at 6:00 AM
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SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Looking to diversify its workforce, the Lakeland School District is considering funding an eight-year program that would develop prospective teachers at the high school level, support their college educations and recruit them back to Lakeland as educators.
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Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by Dr. Bettye H. Perkins. According to its website, the program has grown from seven students in one Westchester County high school to nearly 880 participants across the United States. The program has created 150 teachers in nine states. There are 21 partnering colleges that have agreed to assist in supporting students with a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship.
Partnering colleges include: Manhattan College, The College of New Rochelle, Manhattanville College, Fordham University, Marist College, University of Connecticut, SUNY Geneseo, Pace University, Iona College and Sacred Heart University.
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