Getting Started

First Steps

PESB has developed a Recruiting Washington Teachers "District Packet" in order to help districts and teachers interested in starting their own program think through some of the program needs. This packet provides some foundational information, a curriculum overview, and suggestions for thinking about partnerships, as well as a sheet for beginning to put together an RWT implementation team.

Program Design Overview

While there are many ways to design and deliver an exploration of teaching course, the following are common elements of RWT programs:

  • Most students are juniors or seniors. Other courses that may support future teachers include human development, child development, or health and human services courses.
  • Academic support and advising are critical to high school graduation and college acceptance.
  • Criteria for a selection process and for retention in the program should be implemented to ensure the program is viewed by students, teachers, and administrators as requiring rigor and dedication on the part of all involved.
  • Scheduling the courses should include considerations of time for travel to school sites as well as the schedules at those other sites.

Principles of Practice

  • Build positive relationships and community
  • Acknowledge challenges students face
  • Name and support resiliency traits
  • Affirm language and culture as assets
  • Support academic language and literacy development
  • Cultivate critical reflection
  • Identify and close academic gaps
  • Recognize resources within individuals and communities
  • Cultivate opportunities for success and leadership
  • Provide support to navigate institutions
  • Build partnerships with families
  • Explore education as a career and as social change
  • Keep hope alive through action


Renton RWT Students visiting their university partner, Central Washington University!