FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Here in The Fort, student teachers with Purdue Fort Wayne are helping school systems fill substitute teacher positions.
Inspired by Purdue University, this new shift will help due to the ongoing hardships of the pandemic inside of the school systems.
Back in March, Purdue modified its policy regarding student teachers working as paid substitutes.
“We knew our school partners were struggling with needing subs, so when we heard about Purdue’s move, we wanted to do the same. Student teachers pay full tuition for the experience of working full-time under the guidance of a mentor teacher – they do not get paid. I love that this provides an opportunity for our students to both help their schools and make a financially challenging semester a little easier.”Isabel Nuñez, director of Purdue Fort Wayne’s School of Education
Allen County school superintendents learned of the change a few weeks ago at one of their regularly scheduled meetings.
Superintendent Mark Daniel of Fort Wayne Community Schools noted that like many school districts, FWCS struggles to find enough substitute teachers on a day-to-day basis.
Since the change was made less than a month ago, only four of PFW’s student teachers have been approved to take part in the program so far, but more could be added between now and the end of the semester according to Nuñez.