Kennesaw State revamps program to help new teachers

As part of Kennesaw State University's continuing effort to help alleviate the teacher shortage…

Georgia (Oct 1, 2001) — Kennesaw State revamps program to help new teachers



As part of Kennesaw State University's continuing effort to help alleviate the teacher shortage in Georgia‚ The Leland H. and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education and the Center for Active Retirement Education (CAREing) have reworked a project that pairs retired educators with teachers in training and first−year teachers.

The goals of project RESPECT‚ Retired Educators Supporting Professional Excellence in Classroom Teaching‚ are:

• To mentor prospective teachers from undergraduate studies through their first year teaching;

• To foster professional educational relationships between students in the college of education and retired educators;

• To provide help in curriculum development‚ behavior management and other important areas; and

• To provide workshops and seminars using the expertise of retired educators.

RESPECT volunteer Harriett Wilson calls the information she provides new teachers "Reality−check 101: What they don't teach you in college about early childhood education." As retired teachers‚ Wilson and other volunteers are in a position to provide helping hands‚ guidance with parent−teacher conferences‚ reminders about the importance of teaching and comfort during the period of time that new teachers are most likely to drop out of teaching.

RESPECT replaces project REPEAT‚ a similar program once sponsored by the CAREing Center. For more information about RESPECT‚ contact the CAREing Center at KSU‚ 770−499−3340.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 13‚500‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit