To address teacher shortages and expand the diversity of educators, districts are increasingly turning to teahcer pathways or teacher academies in high school.
Referred to as Grow Your Own pipelines, these pathways seek to engage students in considering the education profession as a career choice.
Working with Sinclair Community College, Mad River Local Schools developed their own teacher pathway or teacher academy within Stebbins High School. The project is attached to the Career Tech center within the high school.
Students in the project earn up to 12 hours through the College Credit Plus program. Teachers within the program become adjunct instructors through Sinclair Community College. As a result of this partnership, high school students receive college credit.
Educators Rising is a national group dedicated to encouraging persons to enter the education profession.
On the national level, Educators Rising provides resources, curriculum, conferences, and national competitions for students who are interested in the education profession.
Local chapters can be developed and support through Educators Rising can be helpful to students throughout high school and college.
Educators Rising Ohio
Educators Rising Ohio is the statewide group to support future educators located within the Ohio Department of Education.
Educators Rising Ohio has resource information, including bylaws and new chapter guidelines for groups interested in starting a local chapter.
The statewide group also offers conferences and other opportunities for connection and learning.
Colleges offer a range of resources that can help students complete a degree in teaching and obtain licensure. These resources include advising and retention services. Students may benefit from targeted groups and peer support.
The African American Male Initiative at Sinclair Community College is one example of such a program. Central State University has special programs that help students with the exams required to be full education majors and the preparation for the Ohio Educators Assessment. Miami University offers an Urban Cohort, Wright State University offers extensive retention services, and The University of Dayton offers the Flyer Promise as part of addressing cost issues for students.