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Grow Your Own Teachers?

Grow Your Own Teachers?

April 2, 2024 7:00 PM CDT

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Julian Vasquez Heilig and Laura Dinehart join Dr. Tim to discuss how Western Michigan University is 'Growing Their Own' teachers, without test tubes or science from the future! No, their "Gro-ing" their teachers by offering an opportunity to learn, work, and get PAID all in one place.

With over 300 students enrolled since July, the program exemplifies how to effectively address the teacher exodus by ensuring accessibility, support, and a deep connection to local communities for prospective educators.

Listeners are treated to a detailed overview of the program's mechanics, emphasizing the removal of financial barriers for candidates through state and district funding, alongside innovative online education strategies to accommodate working adults and non-traditional students. This episode contrasts sharply with the alternative certification paths other states have taken, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive and supported pathway into teaching.

This engaging discussion not only illuminates the challenges within the education system but also shines a beacon of hope on the possibilities that lie in collaborative efforts, innovative solutions, and the unwavering belief in the power of public education. By investing in the future of teaching through programs like GYO, Western Michigan University showcases a viable blueprint for nationwide adoption, promising a brighter future for education.

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