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ODU'S TROOPS TO TEACHERS PROGRAM TOUTED IN USA TODAY EDITORIAL

Old Dominion University's Troops to Teachers program, which trains retiring military personnel to teach in elementary and high schools, was lauded in a USA Today editorial in the newspaper's weekend edition.

"Teach, study, experiment," appeared in the edition that hit newsstands last Friday, and quotes a recent study conducted by William Owings, professor
and graduate program director for educational leadership at Old Dominion, that shows nine out of 10 principals surveys say the former troops are very effective, particularly in areas of greatest need.

According to the editorial, "They are more likely to teach in high-poverty schools. They are also more likely to teach hard-to-staff subjects such as math and science. The program also adds diversity: 37% of the former members of the armed forces are non-white, compared with 15% of the general teaching force, providing role models for minority children."

This article was posted on: October 17, 2005

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