No Teacher Academy program is complete without students. Teacher Academy courses are rigorous, demanding, and challenge every student to examine the teaching profession from the inside. Each cohort of students will be different, but the strategies used to recruit them should ensure the best and brightest are brought into the classroom and prepared for a teacher preparation program after graduation.
Questions to Consider:
- Does your school have any goals for recruitment of a diverse cohort of students into Careers in Education courses or related future teacher clubs or activities?
- Does your school have any goals for recruitment of students interested in shortage areas of teaching in Washington State, such as Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, Science, Special Education, or ELL?
- Who is participating in Careers in Education (CIE) courses or related activities?
- What are the current demographics of your school district and the local community?
- What are the current demographics of your school district’s teaching force?
- What are the current demographics of your state and region?
- What are the current demographics of your existing CIE courses or related programs (clubs or related activities) for future teachers?
- What practices or school policies either support or act as barriers to having your Careers in Education program reflect the local, state and/or national diversity?
- Are any changes needed?
- Which student groups are over- or under- represented? How are students currently recruited?
- Do strategies especially focus on recruiting a diverse cohort of students who are under-represented in the current teaching force (e.g., ethnicity, gender, language)?
- Who is teaching your CIE course or facilitating future teacher clubs or other activities?