Bishop discusses Educator Accelerator program with News Center Maine

Penny Bishop, dean of the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, spoke to News Center Maine about the Educator Accelerator program at RSU 34 in Old Town. Through the program, which was created in coordination with UMaine, the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus, Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College, preservice educators are hired to work in the district’s five schools, allowing them to gain more valuable experience, training and mentoring. The program also allows college students studying education to work in schools for more hours than required by their degree programs. “We want them to have multiple opportunities to hone their skills, but also to make sure this is a good match for them,” Bishop said.