Proximity Learning Inc. Shows a Solution for Teacher Shortages is Possible in Duncanville ISD

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As the 2017-18 school year began in Duncanville ISD students and parents in many of their Geometry, Chemistry, English and Physics classes were sad to discover a long-term substitute in front of the classroom instead of a Texas certified teacher. Duncanville, like their peers across the country, has become a casualty of the growing teacher shortage crisis.

“It is encouraging to see a district such as Duncanville pull together their parents, school board and principals to work together to put their students first," said Evan Erdberg, CEO of Proximity Learning Inc.

As the 2017-18 school year began in Duncanville ISD students and parents in many of their Geometry, Chemistry, English and Physics classes were sad to discover a long-term substitute in front of the classroom instead of a Texas certified teacher. Duncanville, like their peers across the country, has become a casualty of the growing teacher shortage crisis. Alas, the Human Resources department vigorously seeks and recruits for these positions without finding any real candidates.

At the beginning of the school year the Duncanville school administration attended the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) conference and met with a local company, Proximity Learning, an organization committed to ensuring every student gets access to a master teacher by streaming teachers into classrooms, live, during the school day. Over the past eight years, Proximity Learning Inc. has grown into the quintessential virtual provider of educational opportunities for students by seeking, finding and hiring the best teachers in the country and bringing them to a district virtually. The new generation of students, the iGeneration excel with Proximity’s Virtual teachers since they are accustomed to technology and learning online is a natural progression.

The Duncanville administration turn-keyed the information to the district and arranged for the principals, parents and school board to introduce them to this potential solution. Surprisingly, all stakeholders were on board, and excited to move forward, because they knew they had to put the students first, and placing a qualified teacher in front of them is the most important part of their instructional experience. The Duncanville school board, along with the administration, cleared all the hurdles and moved forward quickly.

“It is encouraging to see a district such as Duncanville pull together their parents, school board and principals to work together to put their students first," said Evan Erdberg, CEO of Proximity Learning Inc., “We have placed master certified TX teachers in there classrooms virtually, their students are engaged and learning, I can’t wait to see them succeed academically.”

Duncanville started with Geometry, Chemistry and English teachers in pilot the program in a few schools. Their plan is to add Physics next once they see the success in their pilot.

The Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendent recently released reflected in its report that “2 out of 3 Superintendents surveyed said the quality of the new teacher candidates in their district is decreasing. (Full Gallup Report)

Virtual K-12 Staffing is the future of education and over 100 districts in 20 states have made virtual instruction a viable instructional plan. By placing a master teacher in front of every student we can achieve authentic learning opportunities and equity in education.

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