McDowell Institute to center on identifying students facing hardships

What they're saying ...

"My sister is an elementary school teacher. She and I occasionally discuss the public education system from her perspective inside the classroom. She says that teachers are asked to do more and more to make up for what is not being done at home," — Zach Pearce '11

A $2 million commitment to the Bloomsburg University Foundation supports an initiative to give teachers the tools and strategies they need to effectively teach all pupils in their classrooms. Philanthropist Susan McDowell’s gift — largest in the history of the BU Foundation — establishes the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support in the College of Education. The institute will help prospective and current teachers identify pupils’ social, emotional and behavioral issues so all children may learn.

    » More than 60 percent of teachers say they’re unprepared for their first jobs.
    (U.S. Department of Education)

    » Positive Behavior Support a set of research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment. (Association for Positive Behavior Support)

    » Every fall, U.S. schools hire more than 200,000 new teachers each fall and at least 22,000 quit by summer. Thirty percent of new teachers leave the profession after three years; 45 percent leave after five years. Each teacher who leaves costs the district $11,000 to replace. (National Education Association)