Portland program hopes to place foreign-trained teachers in classrooms

Published in The Portland Forecaster | December 12, 2018

Students at the NMRC Education AcademyPORTLAND — A recent report shows that new Mainers often have a high level of education and work experience, but they face roadblocks to re-employment in the U.S., including certification requirements that are often hard to navigate.

That’s partly why the New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult Education has created a program to put foreign-trained teachers on a path toward achieving the prerequisites needed to teach in local classrooms.

Called the Education Academy, the program will start in January and run through mid-April. The hope, according to Sally Sutton, program coordinator at the resource center, is to get at least some participants ready to be employed by September 2019.

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