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State program addresses OK teacher shortage by recruiting high school students

OK (KSWO)- A state program is combating Oklahoma's teacher shortage by creating educators while they're still high school students. Teach Oklahoma is designed to be long-term solution to new graduates leaving the state.

Students spend the year learning about teaching and implementing those lessons in the classroom.

Dove Science Academy is one of the 14 high schools participating in the pilot year of Teach Oklahoma, and teachers there say they're already seeing success

"I always thought of computer engineer or forensic scientist, but then Teach Oklahoma lets us see teaching as a possibility in life."

"It's like a tree… It's like you're planting a seed in that kid, the seed of knowledge, and then he branches out and teaches others and then those kids teach others."

Dove's Teach Oklahoma instructor said the program has been so successful they plan to expand it to more students.

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