Solution for Teacher Shortages Implemented in East Baton Rouge

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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.

“It is encouraging to see a district such as East Baton Rouge pull together parents, school Board members and principals to work together to put their students first. Said Evan Erdberg, CEO of Proximity Learning Inc."

The 2nd largest parish in Louisiana, East Baton Rouge (EBR) realized at the onset of the 2017-18 school year that students and parents in their middle and high schools would be confronted with the reality of no teachers in their Math, Literacy, Science and World Language classes. EBR, like many of their peers across the country has become a casualty of the growing teacher shortage crisis. The Human Resources department vigorously seeks and recruits for these positions but have received fewer and fewer real candidates each year.

EBR recognized the teacher shortage crisis would affect academic achievement in their schools and realized they needed to change the way in which the district operates because doing the same thing to recruit and staff their schools did not provide a solution. School administration toured a nearby school district that implemented virtual K-12 staffing, live teachers from across the country were streamed into their classrooms virtually to lead instruction. To the administrations surprise students were highly engaged and academic achievement soared.

Proximity Learning Incorporated (PLI), is an organization committed to ensuring every student gets access to a master teacher no matter their location or financial situation. 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, iGeneration excel since they are accustomed to technology and learning online.

The EBR 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 put the students first by placing a qualified teacher in front of them. The EBR school board, along with the administration, cleared all the hurdles and moved forward quickly by rolling out a virtual K-12 pilot in their Schools.

“It is encouraging to see a district such as East Baton Rouge pull together parents, school Board members and principals to work together to put their students first. Said Evan Erdberg, CEO of Proximity Learning Inc., “There students are now being taught by some of the best teachers in the country and are already seeing academic gains.”

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.

East Baton Rouge Parish School System: East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS), home to nine U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools, a nationally renowned Magnet Program and some of the best high schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are currently the second largest public-school system in the state, serving more than 42,000 students.

Proximity Learning Inc.: Proximity Learning Inc. is a Virtual K-12 Staffing company focused on ensuring every student has access to a master teacher to lead instruction no matter their location or financial situation. Proximity Learning services over 30,000 students annually boasting the highest quality teachers, most innovative virtual classrooms, and the reputation as a flexible learning solution to both public and private school districts. Learn more: http://proxlearn.com/.

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