Keeping teachers in SC classrooms is goal of new USC program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)– The University of South Carolina is trying to address the state’s teacher shortage problem. Earlier this year lawmakers identified teacher retention as one of the biggest concerns in education and now a USC program could keep teachers in classrooms in the state.

It’s called the Carolina Teacher Induction Program and it helps recent University of South Carolina graduates tackle the first few years as a new teacher and keep them in our schools.

The coordinator for Carolina TIP says it’s important for teachers to have support early on in their career. “We are losing teachers at an alarming rate and the teachers are often in the first 3 years in the classroom we tend to see the largest loss of teachers in the classroom so this program is specifically aimed to offer support the first 3 years they are in the classroom,” said Nicole Skeen.

During the 3 years, teachers will have mentors and receive instructional coaching to help them better manage their classrooms, a problem many new teachers seem to face.

Alison Schriro is one of 15 recent graduates in the program. “My students give me a run for my money everyday and being really consistent enforcing procedures and things like that is so much easier said than done,” said Schriro.

So the program helps teachers acquire the skills and tools needed to be successful in getting all of their students on the same page.

“Nicole has been good about coming in and observing hey are here some things you should do I like your heart but you might need to strengthen your hoards a little bit here’s some advice for rules and procedures,” said Madalyn Hazlett, another Carolina TIP participant.

Teachers say that transition from student to instructor isn’t easy and this program helps with the change. “Having this support here in South Carolina makes me want to stay a lot longer, I don’t have plans of where I want to teach but having this amazing system really makes me want to stay here for a long time,” added Hazlett.

This is the first year of the program. It actually started in late October. Right now it is just for USC students but faculty is hoping to open it up to all students at college and universities in the state.