The Atlanta-based BellSouth Corporation has announced a $10 million, five-year initiative to assist teachers within its nine-state service area with professional development, recruitment, and retention.
In the BellSouth Quality in the Classroom Teaching Initiative, the company is partnering with local education institutions and nonprofit organizations to develop programs that are customized to meet the needs of the local communities. In addition to funding, a key component of the initiative is the engagement of hundreds of BellSouth volunteers to assist with the implementation of local programs.
"It is vital that the first year for a new teacher is productive and rewarding," said BellSouth CEO Duane Ackerman. "If the teaching experience is negative in that first year, it is extremely likely that teacher will not be in the classroom within five years."