The following RWT teacher academy program sites are 2017-18 learning laboratories:
Recruiting Washington Teachers – Burlington-Edison High School
This Burlington-Edison High School program is in its 11th year of continued excellence and is comprised of a diverse group of Juniors and Seniors from the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. In this innovative bilingual leadership program, students learn a strong set of foundational skills that prepare them to be effective tutors, role models and potential future employees in our district and community.
Beyond preparing students for experiences in education, our group’s mission is to eliminate bias, stereotyping, and discrimination in our schools and communities through service and leadership opportunities in education. Our group has presented at local, regional, national and international conferences furthering those ideals. From spending time with leaders such as Dolores Huerta to mentoring local elementary school students, our students continue to work tirelessly achieving for themselves and our broader mission.
Read more about Burlington-Edison Schools.
Renton Teacher Academy – Renton School District
The Renton Teacher Academy (2007 to present) was established as the result of a collaborative effort between Renton School District, Central Washington University, and the Professional Educator Standards Board. This is a model program aimed at recruiting and supporting students of color in becoming high-quality educators in high need content areas: science, technology, mathematics, special education, bilingual education, and ELL.
Renton Teacher Academy, which includes Hazen, Lindbergh, and Renton High Schools exists to
- inspire student vision and understanding of the value of a teaching career.
- introduce careers in education and the educator professional code of conduct.
- demonstrate college readiness through placement tests and college admissions.
- provide learning opportunities and classroom experiences in collaboration with P-12 teachers, two and/or four-year faculty members and community organizations.
- introduce and develop cultural competency and a variety of culturally responsive and appropriate strategies used to engage students.
Read more about the Renton Teacher Academy.
Mt. Vernon High School CIE – Mt. Vernon School District
Mount Vernon High School Careers in Education is a comprehensive program that recruits students of color and bilingual students who have expressed an interest in a career as a teacher and supports them in pursuing and achieving their dreams. This year-long course aims to teach students the pathway to becoming a teacher in Washington State as well as the principles of being an effective educator who serves all students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Students observe a variety of classroom environments and then have the opportunity to work as an intern with a mentor teacher in one of our elementary or middle schools. Students who are interested in a career in serving migrant, bilingual, and/or ELL students have the opportunity to work in our dual language elementary school, Madison Elementary, or to work with our dual language program at LaVenture Middle School. Our goal is to identify students from diverse backgrounds interested in teaching and to provide a seamless program of support from middle to high school to college and hopefully back to a career in teaching within our community.
In this program, students not only learn about what it takes to become an effective educator but also receive immense support, including help with applying to colleges and financial aid and tips on how to be successful in college. Our class attends conferences on education and social justice as well as taking trips to visit colleges in order to help students make an informed decision about the best place for each of them to pursue higher education. As a part of the Skagit Valley Maestros Para el Pueblo program, we are proud to have a strong partnership with Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University, which provides our students support in high school as well as one-on-one academic advising and support if they decide to attend one of these colleges. We are proud to prepare and support future educators who not only serve the needs of ALL of the students in our community but who also reflect the diverse backgrounds, languages, customs, and traditions of students in our schools.
Read more about Mt. Vernon schools.
TEACH 253 – Tacoma School District
TEACH 253 is a partnership between Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Public Schools to support students from diverse backgrounds in becoming teachers. The year-long, block schedule course at Lincoln High School (other sites pending) allows students to “try-on” the career of teaching. Students are assigned practicum experience in a partner elementary classroom and work with students one-on-one or in small groups under the direction of an elementary mentor teacher and their TEACH 253 instructor. Students examine issues relevant to education: special education, ESL, cultural differences, equity in education, current trends, learning styles, etc.
Students in Tacoma’s TEACH 253 program complete a minimum of 50 hours of practicum experience in the elementary classroom. They also have the opportunity to receive industry certification through the ParaPro Assessment (paraprofessional Certification). Students receive extensive instruction and guidance in the college application process as well as promoting college access and success. Students visit the campus of PLU multiple times during their course and participate in a Summer Academy and in education courses with undergraduate and graduate students.
Read more about Tacoma schools.