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Ten New MCS Educators Graduate from the Special Education New Teacher Retention Academy (SENTRA)

In a significant stride to enhance special education, Marietta City Schools’ Special Education New Teacher Retention Academy (SENTRA) is proud to announce the graduation of ten dedicated educators from its esteemed program for the 2023-24 school year. This second-year graduation marks a notable increase in participation, with two additional teachers joining the ranks because of this hands-on experience compared to last year.

SENTRA is a collaborative effort with regional support extended by the Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Supports, through the Metro West Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS) Team. It is supported by the Georgia Teacher/Provider Retention Grant from the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is also an invaluable contributor, providing innovative learning opportunities. Participants engaged in simulated interactions with “life-like” students in KSU’s Avatar Lab, providing an immersive and practical learning environment.

The grant also affords crucial classroom and teacher resources, a stipend for participant teachers, and comprehensive support, including one-on-one coaching, classroom observations with actionable feedback, and a welcoming dinner at each class’s outset that local business partners sponsor.

“SENTRA has been pivotal in equipping new educators with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their roles,” said Michele Sayles Harris, MCS Chief of Special Services and Educational Supports. “We are encouraged by the teachers who took the extra step to foster educational excellence that will directly benefit each student under their care.” 

The graduation ceremony was recently highlighted on 11Alive. To watch, click here.