Scoot Education Launches Nonprofit TeachStart to Break Down Barriers, Help Solve Staffing Crisis
Scoot Education – an innovative educational staffing company – today announced the full launch of “TeachStart,” a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity offering a pathway to career teaching for aspiring teachers who have historically been blocked by financial and systemic obstacles.
Launched following a successful pilot program during the 2020-2021 school year, TeachStart is an “earn-and-learn” program that offers aspiring teachers the chance to earn a stable salary from substitute teaching while they work towards their debt-free teaching credential. The program removes all upfront barriers to teaching, paying for testing, permits and background checks while offering participants a living salary with highly subsidized benefits and paid time off.
“With TeachStart, we’re offering a try-before-you-buy approach to a career in education. As it stands, 50 percent of teachers end up going through all this training and effort only to quit within five years, while still under mountains of debt,” said James Sanders, U.S. CEO of Scoot Education. “Here, we take a gradual approach and give them ample time and preparation for a meaningful career in education. Not only are we removing barriers, but we’re helping to shape a more passionate, longer-lasting pool of teachers, which is what districts sorely need right now.”
“TeachStart offers a transformative new way for people to become teachers,” said Jenny Jordan, executive director of TeachStart. “Oftentimes with recent or upcoming graduates, we see a real desire to teach that is often doused by this gauntlet of obstacles in their path. We’re here to say that if you want to become a teacher, you can.”
To learn more about TeachStart, visit https://teachstart.com.
For more information about Scoot Education, visit https://scoot.education.
About Scoot Education
Launched in 2004, Scoot Education is dedicated to helping schools around the world build a dream team of passionate teachers and substitutes. Currently operating in the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the company’s substitute placement model fills 600,000 teacher absences annually. By 2025, the company aims to place one million teachers into classrooms each year. Powered by a suite of custom apps and its innovative “TeachStart” program focused on removing barriers for aspiring teachers, Scoot Education’s mission is creating exceptional experiences in education for teachers and students alike.