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Saint Louis University School Of Education And BloomBoard Partner To Help School Districts Elevate The Careers Of Paraprofessionals And Address Teacher Workforce Shortage

Saint Louis University School Of Education And BloomBoard Partner To Help School Districts Elevate The Careers Of Paraprofessionals And Address Teacher Workforce Shortage

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 23, 2022) — Saint Louis University School of Education and BloomBoard have partnered to announce a new initiative to help superintendents and school boards address the current crisis of teacher recruitment and retention.  The initiative will include the development of collaborative strategies with school districts and educational leaders to enhance the number of PK-12 teachers to meet the needs of today’s students. 

One of the first initiatives is the development of a program to support classroom aides and other paraprofessionals with earning a bachelor’s degree in education and qualifying for licensure as an elementary teacher in many states.  Saint Louis University has a long-standing tradition of high-quality online education for undergraduate degree completion for busy adults who are building careers in business, nursing, social work, and information technology. The Saint Louis University School of Education has been dedicated to developing teachers, principals, and superintendents through its comprehensive set of academic programs and faculty-led research.

“Classroom aides and paraprofessionals are among the most dedicated personnel in a school district, and they often have strong ties to the community.  We want to support those who are seeking ways to elevate their careers and become licensed teachers,” says Gary Ritter, PhD, Dean of the School of Education. 

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The School of Education is partnering with BloomBoard to collaborate with school districts that are interested in making new investments in the advancement of classroom aides and paraprofessionals. BloomBoard’s technology and competency-based approach aligns with Saint Louis University’s goals to address the nation’s major social challenges, including the teacher…

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