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Washington State Vibrant Teaching Force Alliance

REL Northwest is partnering with state and district leaders to understand and find solutions to Washington's teacher shortage. The alliance is focused on developing strategies to recruit, train, and retain a diverse and skilled teaching force that reflects the racial/ethnic and linguistic diversity of Washington's students and is responsive to their learning needs.


The alliance is initially working to collect, analyze, and use data to understand the teacher shortage in Washington, including shortages in key content areas and in specific demographic groups. These data will allow the alliance to answer important questions and formulate tools and strategies to cultivate and retain a diverse and skilled teaching force.


Examining Teacher Diversity and Pathways in Washington State

Limited Certificated Teachers in Washington: Barriers to Becoming Fully Certificated and Needed Supports

9 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Teachers

Identifying Evidence-Based Practices for Recruiting, Training, and Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce

Visualizing Washington's Teacher Workforce: Using Maps to Understand the Trends of Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Special Feature: "If You Want to Make a Difference, Come Here"


  • Mark Bergeson, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Jack Busbee, Program Manager, Paraeducator Board, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Beth Geiger, Associate Director of Pathways and Workforce Development, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Tara Haskins, Chair, Department of Education, Eastern Washington University
  • Alexandra Manuel, Executive Director, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Victoria Moreland, Program Manager, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Helene Paroff, Assistant Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators
  • Jisu Ryu, Program Manager, Educator Assessment & Data Analysis, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • J. Lee Schultz, Associate Director of External Affairs, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Renee Shank, Bilingual Educators CApacity (BECA) Program Coordinator, University of Washington
  • Cameron Smith, Data and Technology Specialist, Professional Educator Standards Board
  • Maria Timmons-Flores, Associate Professor, Western Washington University