Durango Herald: Boettcher program trains teachers to be successful

25 Apr Durango Herald: Boettcher program trains teachers to be successful

By Ann Butler

The Durango Herald

New teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, and colleges are graduating fewer licensed teachers, leaving many schools hurting for qualified instructors. Southwest Colorado is one of four areas in the state particularly hard-hit by the shortage.

 Nationwide, about one-third of new teachers leave the classroom in the first three years, and more than half leave within the first five.

Enter the Boettcher Teacher Residency program, which is working to shift those numbers. Aspiring teachers in the region are finding it a gateway to success, and small rural districts such as Ignacio, Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek are beginning to fill hard-to-fill positions, particularly in math and science

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