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Pasadena ISD Program Helps First-Year Educators Build Skills, Make Connections
5 Apr 2022
Mayve Rodriguez started her first year of teaching in the fall of 2021, undeterred by all the challenges facing educators during a global pandemic. Yet she wasn’t exactly prepared for the reality of her third-grade classroom and students with monumental learning gaps related to COVID-19 disruptions. “I don’t know what my kids learned in second grade because some of them didn’t go to school last year,” said Rodriguez. “That’s what scares me the most. They all come from so many different places, and they’re not all on the same page.”
Fortunately, Rodriguez has been getting great support at Pasadena ISD, a large suburban district in southeast Harris County, where first-year teacher retention has been getting a lot of attention with a dedicated program — Retaining Instructors through Support and Education, or RISE. Developed in 2018 to provide new teachers with professional development, classroom support, and mentoring opportunities, the program couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of Texas Lone Star Magazine.