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The school district of Mass. demonstrates creativity in filling teaching positions

Framingham is one of many Massachusetts communities facing school staffing shortages, so it’s turning to a creative solution to attract new teachers to the state and far beyond its borders. The Framingham Public Schools District is currently looking to hire 45 teachers, along with 10 nurses and 37 others for support staff jobs. To help fill these vacancies, FPS has partnered with Framingham State University to create a teacher residency program. Take your classes in the evening, work intensively with the children during the day, and receive mentorship and support from faculty members and support to pass those licensing tests (Massachusetts Tests for Educator),” Dr. James Cressey, President of Framingham State Education Department. Rosilene Ribeiro recently moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut and with the help of her teacher mentor, Vanda Figueiredo, she is well on her way to putting her previous teaching experience to work at Framingham. “I spent 10 years in Brazil teaching Brazilian Portuguese and literature there, from first grade to high school,” Ribeiro said. “That’s why this program is very valuable because it guides you.” to be intimidating, absolutely, so that’s where the focus is,” said Tiago Gadens, associate director of human resources at Framingham Public Schools. “We can help them go through the process, get here and get what they need – and all within a year.” Due to Framingham’s critical need for a bilingual teacher, the school district is sponsoring visas for international teachers and offering to cover some of the moving costs to sweeten the deal.

Framingham is one of many Massachusetts communities facing school staffing shortages, so it’s turning to a creative solution to attract new teachers to the state and far beyond its borders.

The Framingham Public Schools District is currently looking to hire 45 teachers, along with 10 nurses and 37 others for support staff jobs.

To help fill these vacancies, FPS has partnered with Framingham State University to create a teacher residency program.

“An intensive year of placement in a school district such as Framingham Public Schools. Attending your classes in the evenings, working with children intensively during the day, and receiving mentorship and support from faculty members and support for pass these licensing tests (Massachusetts Tests for Educator),” Dr. James Cressey, chairman of the Framingham State Department of Education.

Rosilene Ribeiro recently moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut and with the help of her teaching mentor, Vanda Figueiredo, she is well on her way to putting her previous teaching experience to work at Framingham.

“I spent 10 years in Brazil teaching Brazilian Portuguese and literature there, from first grade to high school,” Ribeiro said. “That’s why this program is very valuable because it guides you.”

The Teachers’ Residency Program is one of many ongoing programs designed to bring teachers into the classrooms of Framingham, as the process of obtaining a license can be long and daunting.

“It can be daunting, absolutely, so that’s where the focus is,” said Tiago Gadens, associate director of human resources at Framingham Public Schools. “We can help them go through the process, get here and get what they need – and all within a year.”

Due to Framingham’s critical need for a bilingual teacher, the school district is sponsoring visas for international teachers and offering to cover some of the moving costs to sweeten the deal.

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