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Can Grow-Your-Own Programs Help Diversify the Teacher Workforce?

May 4, 2021

Grow-your-own (GYO) teacher programs recruit and train teachers from within communities and can bring racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity and skills (such as bilingualism) to the educator workforce. These programs are often partnerships between school districts, community organizations, and teacher preparation programs. This virtual event convened higher education, district, and state stakeholders to explore the current research on GYO teacher programs and a promising example from the Northwest region.

Partnership: Washington Vibrant Teaching Force Alliance


Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Ashlie Denton, REL Northwest at Education Northwest Conra Gist, University of Houston Amaya Garcia, New America Foundation Alexandra Manuel, Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Bernard Koontz, Highline Public Schools Marsha Riddle Buly, Western Washington University

Event Resources

Evidence-based practices for recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse educator Workforce (materials compiled by REL Northwest for previous Washington Vibrant Teaching Force Alliance meetings):

Other REL Northwest resources