Webinar Series: 7 Strategies for EPPs

Join the TN Grow Your Own Center to learn about 7 strategies for strong teacher apprenticeships and Grow Your Own programs. This 4 part series will feature school district leaders and invited guest experts. In each webinar, invited guests and practitioners will illustrate the connections between a pedagogical model (competency-based education) and an operational model … Continued

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Are Teacher Apprenticeship and Residency Programs Effective?

Valerie Sakimura from Deans for Impact addresses this question with a thoughtful response in an article published at The 74. Austin Peay State University’s Grow Your Own program is one of the programs highlighted. This common question about effectiveness is the wrong question. All programs illicit some degree of effectiveness for someone, in one context … Continued

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Teaching as a Profession (TAP) Pre-apprenticeship Program

Nashville, TN— To continue the celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), the Tennessee Department of Education announced a new Teaching as a Profession (TAP) state-certified pre-apprenticeship pilot program to provide high school students with hands on teaching experience in their local communities. Currently, over 5,200 students are enrolled in the TAP apprenticeship program and enrollment numbers … Continued

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TN Educator Survey Results

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) recently released the 2023 results of the Tennessee Educator Survey. Several new questions were posed related to early career educators. These questions were aimed at developing a better understanding of the extent to which educator preparation programs are perceived as beneficial by … Continued

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How Teacher Apprenticeship is Changing Teacher Preparation

“By October 2023, teacher apprenticeship programs had been formally registered in 26 states plus Puerto Rico and were under development in five states plus the District of Columbia.”… Five take-aways in this article from Amaya Garcia at New America. Apprenticeship Gives School Districts a Bigger Role in Teacher Preparation Apprenticeship Puts Paid Clinical Preparation Front … Continued

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GYO School Librarians in South Carolina

“But the Charleston County school district in South Carolina, one of the many states requiring its teacher-librarians to earn a master’s degree, has managed to successfully reverse its former teacher-librarian vacancy rate in the last five years. And it did so without recruiting professionals from outside the district.” See the full story.

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Florida State Board Approves Teacher Apprenticeship

“The Teacher Apprenticeship Program is a new way to train, hire, and keep the best and brightest educators. Applicants join the program, and then become teachers’ “apprentices.” They start as paraprofessionals and watch and learn from experienced teachers. This on-the-job experience and instruction will lead to a bachelor’s degree and a professional educator certificate. On … Continued

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Deadline Approaching- Unpartnered EPPs and LEAs

Thursday, January 8th is the deadline for new EPP and LEA partners to complete Section VII of the TDOE Grow Your Own (GYO) registered teacher apprenticeship program application. On November 16th, the TN GYO Center will host a dedicated time for TN’s unpartnered school districts that may be finishing up applications for the January 8th … Continued

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Strategic Planning

Leaders at the Grow Your Own Center are currently engaged in a strategic planning process with leaders from around the state. This map is a little bit outdated, but it tells a story nonetheless. This is our “why.” We want to hear from our stakeholders- district leaders, educator preparation providers, and governing officials. If the … Continued

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