The overarching goal of the Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) program is to “grow our own” diverse group of future teachers who more closely reflect the population of today’s children and youth. RWT is a high school Washington teacher academy program, founded in equity pedagogy, that helps students to explore cultural identity and educational opportunities through the lens of the teaching profession.
By supporting participants as they complete high school, apply to and attend college, the RWT program strengthens the pathway from high school to teaching, with the goal that students will become not only certified teachers, but also education leaders who make a difference in their communities.
Curriculum and Resources
Inspired by the effective practices of the original RWT pilot programs first eight years (2007-2015), and charged by a special proviso from the state legislature (ESSB 6002), the Professional Educator Standards Board commissioned a task force to revise and develop the model framework and curriculum for high school Careers in Education courses to incorporate standards of cultural competence, new research on educator preparation, as well as curriculum and activities from the RWT program. This work resulted in the RWT teacher academy curriculum, for use in all Washington State teacher academies.
- Curriculum: units and resources
- Thinking about starting a teacher academy?
- Implementation resources
- Professional development for RWT teachers
RWT began as a legislatively funded pilot project, out of which our curriculum and resources have been developed. Today, we operate 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 in the teacher shortage areas of Mathematics, Science, Special Education, Early Childhood Education (P-3), English Language Learner, and Bilingual Education. These sites allow for the testing of new resources and strategies and provide an opportunity to study the outcomes (see Evaluation, below).
The following grantees have been awarded funding and designation as an RWT learning laboratory for the 2017-18 academic year:
- Recruiting Washington Teachers – Burlington-Edison School District
- Renton Teacher Academy – Renton School District
- MVHS Careers in Education – Mt. Vernon School District
- Teach 253 – Tacoma School District
For more information on the current grantee sites, visit our RWT grantee sites page.
The RWT pilot program has been authorized and funded by the state legislature since 2007, with guidance provided by the RWT Advisory Board.
Bilingual Educators Initiative
The Recruiting Washington Teachers – Bilingual Educators Initiative (RWT-BEI) Pilot Project is aimed at recruiting, preparing, and mentoring bilingual high school students in order to prepare them to become future bilingual teachers and counselors in the state of Washington. Through a competitive grant application process, pilot sites are being created. The resources and strategies developed out of this pilot program will be made available statewide.
Results from the collaborative evaluation of the RWT learning laboratories dating back to 2007 are available on the RWT Reports page.
For more information, contact the educator pathways and workforce development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.