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New grant will help educators fight the teacher shortage in southern Illinois

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The teacher shortage in southern Illinois will be helped thanks to a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education. It's called the Saluki Teacher Residency Planning Grant, and Dr. Christie McIntyre, Director of Teacher Education at SIU Carbondale, says the money will shorten the time it takes to get teachers to where they are needed.

"Instead of taking two years to get the degree, they'll do it in one and a half, they'll be in the schools four days a week. Like a second teacher co-teacher teaching in the classroom. And then, at the end of that school year, they'll do a few more courses in the Summer and then they'll be able to graduate."

McIntyre says the Saluki Teacher Residency Program will initially work with five school districts: Cairo, Meridian, Murphysboro, Carbondale and Vienna and is hopeful to expand to more districts.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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