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Bright Start Trains Teachers to Bring American Education to China
Bright Start Educational Programs took another step toward making quality education accessible around the world.
Eric Martinez and Regina Solorio are now teaching at the RISE Education Center in Jinhua, China, but not without a toolkit of educational strategies and teaching techniques in their back pocket. That is thanks to an extensive teacher training program conducted by Bright Start, that both recent graduates went through.
China is looking for English teachers, with estimates of over 300 million enrolled in ESL classes each year. Children, young adults and business people are all learning English so that they can compete in the global market. The International TEFL academy predicts that over 1,000 English speaking teachers are being hired in China every month. A number that will be doubling in the coming years. But with this great demand there remains the importance of filling these classrooms with skilled educational leaders.
By no means is Bright Start new in this arena. The Educational group has offered high quality teacher training programs since 1995. Bright Start understands unique educational circumstances and works to meet the needs. The programs were originally established to effectively prepare new teachers entering classrooms when demand was overwhelming. At the time, California had changed its student to teacher ratio to 20 to 1, resulting in a scatter to find new classrooms and teachers to lead them. With Bright Start's help, many of these classrooms became excellent learning environments as the teachers developed into successful educational leaders.
Working with Pomona and Montebello Unified School Districts, Bright Start prepared up to 1,000 teachers, most of whom were new college graduates or second career individuals. One telling sign of Bright Start's success is a key topic present in the programs: "How to avoid burn-out the first year in the classroom". To this day, over 80% of teachers who enrolled in Bright Start's teacher training programs are still in the classroom or have moved on to administrative positons.
"We are proud to be able to take the foundation of our first teacher training program and customize it to prepare future teachers in China", says Gary Surdam, President of Bright Start Educational Programs. "We look forward to recruiting and preparing these teachers for success in reaching and touching the lives of more students in China."
Bright Start Educational Programs have been held across the U.S. since 1995, and have recently reoriented to include international minded training. Mr. Surdam has provided professional development courses to schools throughout China12 times in the past 3 years. With the goal of helping more students succeed and revolutionizing international education, Bright Start is seeking to expand their programs throughout the US and Asia. For more information go to http://brightstartfamilyliteracy.com/
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