Berry, RCS partnership seeks to create teacher recruitment pipeline

Wednesday, November 15, 2023–9:11 a.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

Buffi Murphy

The Rome City School Board has approved a partnership with Berry College for a teacher tuition assistance program, the goal of which is to create a teacher pipeline between the school system and the college.

According to Buffi Murphy, Rome City Schools director of staff development and human resources, the strategic partnership will reflect a shared commitment to providing high-quality education in preparing Rome teachers for success through their professional pursuits.

“This partnership will facilitate the professional development and opportunities for the educators earning a master’s of education degree,” she said. “The collaboration will encourage an exchange of best practices, and innovative teaching methods, along with the latest and greatest technologies, ultimately enhancing the quality of education our students receive in Rome City Schools.”

David Slade

Berry College Provost David Slade told the school board that Berry was founded for the purpose of making a difference in the educational experience of the community.

“We think that this partnership is a wonderful opportunity to have a new expression of that kind of mission,” he said. “So, we are grateful for the openness and the creativity to make this work, and we are really excited for what it can mean for your institutions and our community. I just want to say thank you and we look forward to what’s ahead.” The school board approved the partnership unanimously on Tuesday.

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