The district is outsourcing with the help of Region5, which is a place that provides qualified teachers to help students deepen their language skills, virtually.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Teacher shortages have been a problem for school districts nationwide, but Port Arthur Independent School District has taken steps to close the gap.

They provide their students with a good education through distance learning, which has been a familiar sight since the pandemic.

As for the foreign language courses taught at PAISD, the district outsources with the help of Region5, which is a place that provides qualified teachers to help students deepen their language skills, virtually.

Haciendo lo necesario para ayudar a los estudiantesthat is, do what is necessary to help the students.

This is the approach that Memorial High School and others in the district are taking to help their children be successful in learning another language.

The COVID-19 pandemic has really worsened the shortage of teachers, so they have extended their services to four schools in total, one of them being Memorial High School.

Language Other Than English (LOTE) supervisor Dr Acineth Buan says it has worked so far.

“If there are no teachers in the classroom, student learning does not take place, and so with distance learning. They have been able to bridge that gap…and help those students to receive an education,” she said.

Region5 has been providing qualified teachers since 2015. Principal Russell Tritico says he has seen great results.

“The advantage of that is that they get highly qualified teachers with high technological skills and very interactive with the students, the advantage is that they know how children learn these days,” he said. .

The district uses state-of-the-art technology to bring learning to life. Students can interact and ask their teachers questions. Buan says it has been a good solution to the teacher shortage problem.

“The teachers are there from Region 5, they are the ones teaching and the facilitators actively monitor what is happening in the classroom. They help these teachers in any activity and make sure that the students learn from the activity “, she said.

The courses currently offered range from level one to level four in Spanish and offer students a different approach while including the technology they use every day.

Although this is currently used for languages, it could be considered for other subjects. Given its success, district leaders wonder if this program can be extended to other classes.

“If we get to that point where we really don’t have teachers, remote learning is really helpful,” Tritico said.

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