Date: July 12, 2006
"Research shows that good teachers are the most important factor in the success of students in school," said Senator Kennedy. "One of our greatest challenges is to improve the recruitment, preparation, and retention of good teachers. The Transition to Teaching program was created with this goal in mind, and it helps ease the strain of teacher shortages by preparing recent college graduates and professionals to enter the classroom. I commend the SouthCoast Teacher Corps Partnership for their outstanding proposal that will benefit New Bedford and Fall River, those interested in becoming teachers, current teachers, and especially the students. I look forward to seeing the results of the grant, such as increased teacher retention and improved student achievement, in the years ahead."
"This collaboration between the University and the community is critical to creating educational opportunities for the sons and daughters of New Bedford and Fall River,'' UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "It all begins with great teaching, and this grant advances our effort to build a first-rate corps of math and science teachers who will educate and inspire thousands of students in our SouthCoast cities."
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