Mississippi District To Use Virtual Learning To Alleviate Teacher Shortage
The Greenville Public School District in central
Mississippi will use a new virtual learning program to alleviate some
problems caused by a lack of available teachers.
school district has signed Proximity
Learning, an Austin-based virtual staffing company that
learning with live teachers to about 150 school districts.
lack of qualified teachers is a state-wide
problem with the Mississippi Department of Education noting there are
average of six teaching vacancies at all of the state's 144 school
PSD Public Relations Specialist Everett Chinn said the district, with
schools and 5,500 students, has experienced an unusually high number of
retirements in recent years and fewer college students are choosing to
a matter affecting school districts across
Mississippi and the U.S.," Chinn said.
Learning will supply Greenville with
the equivalent of eight full-time teachers, six teaching math and one
science and French.
are looking forward to seeing how this opportunity to work with
Learning will help expand the number of quality courses we can offer
in our schools," said Greenville PSD Superintendent Leeson Taylor.
video interface, Proximity teachers actually see the students and the
students see the teacher, emulating an actual in-school
online learning management system also gives students 24/7 access to
homework and interactive activities.
virtual classes are far
from staring at a computer screen," said Proximity
Learning CEO Evan Erdberg. "They are
interactive, engaging and equivalent in caliber to face-to-face
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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.