Can the Gig Economy Help Alleviate Teacher Shortages?

By Evan Erdberg  If you are facing a teacher shortage in your state, you are not alone. Many states are experiencing a worsening teacher shortage, according to the Learning Policy Institute. Some of this is because of declining enrollments in teacher education, which decreased 35 percent between 2009 and 2014. Additionally, demand for teachers grew...

High School Learns Through Virtual Education

By Phil Perry  MADISON – Scott High School is serving as a pilot program for Proximity Learning in Boone County, which includes two algebra 1 honors classes. The classes are taught by Kellian Strange, who is a long-term substitute in that position. Proximity Learning Inc. is essentially a virtual staffing company connecting highly qualified...

Midland ISD partners with Proximity Learning

Proximity Learning Inc.,a virtual staffing company connecting qualified teachers with students in grades kindergarten through 12, has announced a new partnership with Midland Independent School District to bring live, interactive instruction to junior high and high school students across the district. Through the partnership, PLI will provide certified teachers for algebra, geometry, health and...

ECISD Approves Online Courses

By Victor Blanco  ODESSA, TX (KWES) – The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees met for their Tuesday meet where they reviewed academic achievement, worked toward new board goals, and approved a series of online courses for Permian High School and Odessa High School. Trustees voted 6-1 to approve six new online courses through...

ECISD Uses Live Instruction to Fill Teacher Shortage

Proximity Learning is expanding in the district. You’ll recall ECISD… was doing a test run with virtual teachers in two classrooms— at each high school. The school board decided to expand the program within the district adding 6 more classes. Mike Adkins, ecisd spokesman, “we need certified, highly qualified teachers in front of our kids everyday. at this point we have more than 200 teacher vacancies and so to not look for every opportunity...

Ector ISD Expands Use of Proximity Learning

By Odessa American  With one member dissenting, the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees approved expanding use of Proximity Learning to cover some core classes. The virtual education firm, which connects certified teachers with students in grades kindergarten through 12, provided American Sign Language II at Permian and Odessa high schools in...

Schools Go Digital With Teacher Shortage

By Jade Scipioni  Teacher shortages across the country are getting so dire that they’re forcing some school districts to live stream lessons, replacing educators in many classrooms. According to The Wall Street Journal, tens of thousands of high school students nationwide are now getting lessons taught by a remote teacher to occupy many hard-to-fill positions...