Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo has formed the Chancellor's Advisory Council for Teacher Supply and Demand, a new initiative designed to assist Western North Carolina educational institutions in their efforts to address a statewide teacher shortage.
Western North Carolina school teachers will have an additional resource to turn to for assistance when noted educator and researcher David Strahan joins Western Carolina University as the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor in Elementary and Middle Grades Education this fall.
Three of the nation's top experts in speech-language pathology and special education, who serve as long-distance “cyber faculty” for a federally funded training program at Western Carolina University, got their first chance to meet face-to-face with the program's students during a recent conference at Western.
Western Carolina University has received a grant of $128,617 to fund the second year of a project with five Western North Carolina public school systems that is designed to broaden the knowledge and skills of teacher mentors and improve the retention rate of new teachers in North Carolina.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.25 million grant to Western Carolina University for a five-year effort designed to address a shortage of qualified educators and other school staff who work with students with severe disabilities and to improve the knowledge and skills of current personnel in Western North Carolina.
Western Carolina University will hold special commencement exercises in two Jamaican cities in September in honor of 138 Jamaican middle-school teachers who have upgraded their teaching certification to bachelor’s degrees in education through WCU.
Western Carolina University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program provides an alternative means for adults who have already earned bachelor’s degrees to make the transition into meaningful careers as public school teachers.