The Walton Family Foundation awarded Arkansas Teacher Corps a $3.6 million grant that will support training of 105 new teaching fellows through 2025.
Against the backdrop of severe teacher shortages in the state, the Arkansas Teacher Corps works with local school districts to recruit, train and license individuals who are interested in becoming K-12 educators.
Since its launch in 2013, Arkansas Teacher Corps has trained and supported 10 cohorts of more than 200 teachers in 81 schools and 37 school districts, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas, which partners with the program via its College of Education and Health Professions.
Other Arkansas Teacher Corps partners include the Walton Family Foundation, Arkansas Department of Education and participating school districts.
“The grant provides us an opportunity to have an even greater impact by expanding our partnerships to new school districts throughout eastern and southern Arkansas,” Brandon Lucius, Arkansas Teacher Corps executive director, said in a news release. “We’ll also be able to provide additional support and development for teaching fellows, including rigorous content knowledge and pedagogical training and wraparound support for fellows’ social and emotional wellbeing.”
For the 2022 - 2023 school year, the organization is supporting 60 fellows in 31 schools and 16 school districts across the state.