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Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a community-based model, in which chapters at schools feed teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education with the support of state departments of education and local funders and foundations. These entities come together to provide a clear pathway to increase teacher diversity and teacher quality.

Go Teach

The Go Teach program builds partnerships between university athletic and academic departments and provides the tools needed to recruit qualified student athletes into the teaching profession.

University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Pre-Educator Pathway

This pathway cultivates highly skilled educators by providing young people with dual enrollment credit, beginning and high school, and providing blended coursework focused on building understanding of diverse learners, extending through college and into the profession. 

Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois

This program supports prospective teachers by providing funding as well as academic and emotional support to individuals completing preparation programs in exchange for a commitment to teach in a high-needs school or high-needs position for at least 5 years.

North Kansas City District Partnership with Northwest Missouri State University to Establish Grow Your Own Program

This article describes the efforts of North Kansas City School District to combat teacher shortages by partnering with a local university to establish a Grow Your Own program aimed at recruiting high school students to pursue teaching licensure.

Texas Tech University "TechTeach Across Texas" 2+1 Model

TechTeach Across Texas is a one-year teacher preparation program combining focused clinical experiences with applicable online courses in district-based partnerships around the state. TechTeach Across Texas allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree and earn teacher certification in one calendar year.

Colorado Rural Teaching Fellowship

This program helps address teacher shortages in rural Colorado schools by offering a fellowship to teacher candidates who complete their clinical experience in a rural school district.

Texas Education Agency Grow Your Own Grant Program

This grant program helps local education agencies in Texas establish Grow Your Own programs with a focus on developing high-quality education and training courses at the high school level to increase the recruitment pipeline and attract diverse teacher candidates.

University of Central Missouri Paraprofessional to Certified Teacher Program

This program established a partnership between the University of Central Missouri and four Missouri school districts to provide paraprofessionals with opportunities to obtain a degree in education while continuing to work full time.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: A Resource Guide To Creating Your Own Teacher Pipeline

This resource guide outlines core elements, considerations, and tools to help Missouri districts create Grow Your Own models aimed at recruiting and supporting students to become teachers in their home district.

New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Grow Your Own Teachers Act

This program supports New Mexico's "Grow Your Own Teachers Act" by providing scholarships for educational assistants in public schools to pursue teaching certification through an educator preparation program.

Tennessee Department of Education Diversity Innovation Implementation Grants

This grant supports the Tennessee Department of Education's effort to increase the diversity of the educator workforce by providing awards to school districts to create Grow Your Own programs aimed at recruiting minority teachers.

State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Grow Your Own Pilot Program

This pilot program supports several districts in the state of Washington to build an educator workforce that is representative of their student populations.

Minnesota Department of Education’s Competitive Grow Your Own Grant Opportunity FY20

This initiative from the Minnesota Department of Education supports efforts to increase the racial diversity of the teacher workforce by providing grants to school districts with significant populations of students of color to develop innovative Grow Your Own programs.

Grow Your Own Teachers: Enhancing Educator Pathways to Address Teacher Shortage and Increase Diversity

This report presents data demonstrating teacher shortage needs and potential opportunities to strengthen workforce development through Grow Your Own programs. The report includes mini case studies of statewide implementation and sustainability of Grow Your Own programs in Washington state and a toolkit of recommended strategies for growing and sustaining programs.

Teacher Pipelines: Career Pathways Extending from High School to Community College to University

This article describes efforts at three community colleges to implement pathways for K-12 teaching careers, including implementation strategies such as high school dual enrollment and outcomes related to college transition such as the need for remedial courses.

Grow Your Own: A Systemic Approach to Securing an Effective Educator Talent Pool

This series of four professional learning modules from the College & Career Readiness & Success Center and partners supports state education agencies, local education agencies, educator preparation programs, and community organizations interested in developing and implementing Grow Your Own programs in their state, region, or district.