Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

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 ...

By Bridgett Weaver Greeley Tribune Watching him laugh and joke about his blindness in front of a crowd, you’d never expect that there was a time when Landan Schaffert felt bad for himself. You’d never guess that people told him he couldn’t do something — mostly because he always did it, anyway. And you’d never guess that the loss of a close friend is what caused him to stop feeling bad for himself. ...

By Joe Vaccarelli YourHub Reporter Josh Hamlin lost everything to addiction. He gave up college football and saw a promising surfing career disappear. When Hamlin got sober in 2008, he still felt he needed an outlet for physical activity. He found it at Phoenix Multisport when he was in Boulder. "When I started getting sober, I didn't have that physical piece. As an athlete, I needed it," Hamlin said. "It really built back my self-confidence." ...