Last Updated: 05 September 2017 05 September 2017
During the 2016-17 school year, two programs were initiated to enhance the quality and diversity of our workforce. One program was the High School Teacher Pathway program and the second was the Teacher Internship program.
The Teacher Internship program is a pilot program that allows an individual with an undergraduate degree that does not currently maintain a teaching certificate, the opportunity to experience the classroom for nine weeks alongside a highly effective teacher. The desired outcome from this experience would be that the individual then takes their enthusiasm from the experience and enrolls into a master’s program to be a certified teacher.
This past spring over 30 individuals applied for this opportunity and eight were selected for interviews. Preference was given to those who have interest in hard to fill positions within the SFSD, or who assists the SFSD in meeting the goals of the Sioux Falls School District Strategic Plan. Currently we are establishing experiences for five internships with a potential of one additional internship being established. Two of the six interns are of a diverse background and the other four are interested in the area of Special Education.
The six potential interns are comprised of four that currently work for the Sioux Falls School District as educational assistants and two that are not employees of the school district. Substitutes will be hired for individuals in the school district and the remaining two will be provided substitute pay during their internship.
Progress and success of this pilot program will be monitored throughout the 2017-18 school year with any adaptations being made in the spring of 2018.