Originally established in Texas in 2005, Teachers of Tomorrow’s nationwide expansion has now cleared the way for future Florida instructors to gain teacher certification through alternative channels, the organization reported recently from its Houston headquarters.
Recently approved by both the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Commission for Independent Education, the new program, Florida Teachers of Tomorrow ("Florida Teachers"), will immediately begin the process of recruiting and training teachers for Florida’s classrooms.
"We are extremely excited to be approved by the state of Florida to begin helping school districts get the talent they need to ensure every student has a great teacher," CEO Vernon Reaser said. "Florida Teachers can help alleviate the critical teacher shortages that Florida school districts are experiencing."
As a leading alternative certification program, Teachers of Tomorrow has succeeded in attracting prospective educators from diverse backgrounds in efforts to address shortages in the field — particularly in STEM, special education and bilingual positions.
Stating that one-third of all new teachers hired since 2005 received their credentials via alternative channels, the Texas organization has certified more than 36,000 teachers since its inception. Additionally, 46 percent of its graduates are non-white — better matching today’s student populations.
“This is a great day for Florida schools and for Florida Teachers," Reaser said.