Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) is a high school teacher academy program aimed at recruiting and supporting diverse future teachers as they explore and prepare for careers in education, especially in endorsement and geographic shortage areas. RWT uses a “Grow Your Own” approach, growing future teachers from within local communities, which helps to address teacher shortages across Washington State. RWT programs work to align the diversity of educators and students and eliminate the opportunity gap for students from underserved groups, with a specific focus on multicultural and multilingual students, and students of color. The RWT program has been authorized and funded by the state legislature since 2007.
Grantees for 2020-21 school year
PESB supports four grant-funded learning laboratories with a focus on the recruitment and preparation of a diverse group of high school students for future careers as educators. Programs aim to address the teacher shortage areas of Mathematics, Science, Special Education, Early Childhood Education (P-3), English Language Learner, and Bilingual Education. RWT program sites allow for the testing of new resources and strategies and provide an opportunity to study program outcomes. View annual RWT evaluation reports.
The following grantees have been awarded funding and designation as an RWT learning laboratory for the 2019-20 academic year: