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Project Inspire Aims To Put Better Teachers In Schools With Poor, Minority Students

Six years ago, the Public Education Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, launched Project Inspire to train middle and high school math and science teachers by placing them in classrooms of highly effective teachers for a full school year. After the residency year, Project Inspire graduates are expected to spend at least four years teaching in one of Hamilton County’s struggling schools.

The project plans to rapidly grow — doubling the number of residents in the program next year, training 25 aspiring teachers. In 2018, it hopes to have 50 residents.

Organizers also are expanding the program to include elementary literacy teachers and a partnership with Lee University, where residents will earn master’s degrees in education during their residency.