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What to Know About ‘Grow Your Own’ Teacher Programs

What to Know About ‘Grow Your Own’ Teacher Programs

Many school districts around the country are facing teacher shortages, particularly in areas such as special education, foreign languages, and science and math. At the same time, the existing teaching force – which is overwhelmingly white, in most places – often doesn't reflect the demographics of the student body. To address shortages and increase diversity within the workforce, many states and districts have turned to a specific kind of recruitment: "grow your own" programs.