Maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the composition of the local community remains a challenge for many school districts across the country—one of our customers recently commented in a press release “[the LEA] recently launched a Workforce Diversity Task Force to develop a systematic plan to attract, develop, and retain a high quality workforce that represents the cultural diversity of students and the community.” KP Scholars consults with school districts across the country to think of themselves as the number one supplier of talent and has collaborated with numerous educators on the development of its KP Internship and Apprenticeship programs with their existing students and local college students to address these challenges. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates the number of new teachers hired in 2018 will surpass 357,000 up 26% from 2006 projections and is expected to continue to rise.
Our methodology for developing educators is built upon a simulated work environment where students are given specific roles and responsibilities for delivering a high quality after school program that provides academic, social and professional development to younger students. This approach provides both high school and college students in our education portfolio with experiential learning, formal classroom training and mentorship from experienced educators while supporting the talent pipeline for other career fields. Beyond these tangible activities to build the knowledge, skills and abilities required of new educators, our students are also learning the culture of our K12 partners