In collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Education, institutes of higher education, educator prep programs, local districts, and professional associations are working towards:
- Analyzing state, regional and local data to understand barriers facing districts in recruiting and retaining an effective special education workforce.
- Implementing strategies to address immediate special education personnel shortage needs at the district level through an initial licensure residency program targeted to traditional special education teacher candidates.
- Developing grow your own (GYO) licensure pathways for paraeducators with or without a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- Developing guidance and implement a sustainable mentoring and induction model for new special education teachers and their mentors reflecting related IDEA requirements.
- Developing mechanisms to increase awareness of Vermont’s current initiatives to address shortages, including those connected to CEEDAR work.
- Supporting Vermont institutions of higher education (IHEs) to integrate evidence-based practices into preparation coursework and clinical experiences.