Addressing the Illinois Teacher Shortage

Proximity Learning livestreams certified teachers into districts in pursuit of greater educational equity
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Learning Model Built for Student Success

Proximity Learning uses its Enriched Live Instruction Model (ELIM) to make sure that students in your district are getting that best instruction possible. The goal of ELIM is to stimulate a classroom environment through ALWAYS live instruction from a teacher via streaming video.

The Proximity Difference

Live, Synchronous Instruction
We livestream our certified virtual teachers right into your district classroom. Your dedicated team works with your district to fit with your school’s bell schedule and other needs.
Built by Educators for Educators
Our partnership directors are past superintendents, principals and teachers who understand the harm that long-term vacancies can have on students.
Certified Teachers
Proximity Learning teachers are not only certified, background checked, and experienced, but they're also trained in our Enriched Live Instruction Model (ELIM) to ensure they’re dynamic, engaging, and caring.
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Teacher shortage in Illinois

Illinois had 4,120 unfilled positions in 2021. Illinois teacher shortages are not new, and they are not going away. The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents says, "86% of superintendents surveyed said they thought teacher shortages will remain a problem into the 2022-2023 school year. Districts are struggling to fill vacancies. The study indicates the teacher shortage led to more than 250 classes in schools across the state being canceled," which causes educational disparities throughout the state.

The Illinois State Board of Education reveals, “Communities of color and low-income school districts are most likely to see teacher shortages. Of the unfilled teacher positions in the state, 74% are in majority-minority school districts while 81% are in districts where the majority of students are low-income." 

This year, there are over 4,000 unfilled school jobs currently in the state of Illinois.

In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.

Never Have Another Teacher Vacancy in IL

HR Backup Plan
Never have another teacher vacancy. Use our HR Backup Plan to ensure that when you can’t find a teacher, we will place a cutting-edge livestreamed teacher into your classroom.
Student Program
Expansion
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
High-Dosage
Tutoring
Data-driven entrance and exit benchmarks to get students ready for what’s next.
Virtual School
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
HR Backup Plan
Never have another teacher vacancy. Use our HR Backup Plan to ensure that when you can’t find a teacher, we will place a cutting-edge livestreamed teacher into your classroom.
Student Program
Expansion
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
High-Dosage
Tutoring
Data-driven entrance and exit benchmarks to get students ready for what’s next.
Virtual School
Start offering typically hard-to-staff specialty courses to your students that want them.
Districts Impacted in Illinois
Rave Reviews in Illinois

“What I’ve noticed is actually seeing the kids transferring the learning from the classroom and they’re actually speaking with each other. They’re practicing [world languages], and that’s what we want to see with learning. We don’t just want it to be in the classroom. But we want to see it transcend throughout the day.”

Dr. Anita Rice
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Curriculum Director, Lincoln School District

“The teachers are very flexible, they’re collaborative, they have a strong skill set.“

Dr. Monica Spence
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Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Posen-Robbins School District

“Proximity Learning teachers that we’ve encountered have jumped right in. They really focused on building educational relationships with the students in front of them, which is critical when you’re working with them virtually.”

Dr. Monica Spence
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Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Posen-Robbins School District

“[The Proximity teacher] and the teachers aide in the classroom hit it off really well and the kids benefited from that because they were such a co-teaching team together.”

Dr. Monica Spence
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Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Posen-Robbins School District
Meet Your State Representative!
Dr. Michael Robinson
Director of School Partnerships
Dr. Michael Robinson is an educational professional with strong expertise in education software, and committed to meeting and exceeding the goals and objectives of his school partners. Michael believes in forming long-lasting partnerships with school districts and educational professionals in order to meet all students’ individual needs, thus the continuous promotion of differentiated learning. He has over 30 years of experience in the world of education, serving students in reading, mathematics, tutoring, supplemental educational services, and technology.

Let's Work Together

Could live online instruction from Proximity Learning benefit your school district?

Increasing Equity Across the Country
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