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    Academy for Rising Educators Application is Open
    Posted on 11/20/2019
    A teacher talks with students in a middle school science classroom

    The application for the Academy of Rising Educators is open

    Seattle Public Schools' human resources initiative Academy of Rising Educators (ARE) focuses on assisting high school seniors, paraeducators, and community members enter the field of education as certificated teachers. The initiative was formerly known as the district's "Class to Cert" program.

    Seattle Public Schools High School Seniors

    If you are a high school senior who wants to become a teacher:

    Seattle Public Schools Paraeducators

    If you are a paraeducator who wants to become a teacher visit the ARE webpage and apply to the pathway that match your current educational attainment level.

    Individuals are encouraged to direct inquiries to Kenderick O. Wilson



    About ARE

    Created through a partnership of Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Central College, and the City of Seattle’s Seattle Promise scholarship, the Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) initiative is targeted at high school students in their junior and senior years who have an interest in the teaching profession.

    The second cohort of ARE is slated to begin in the Summer 2020, students will have the opportunity to take courses and participate in internships to complete the prerequisite requirements for a paraprofessional position in the district; earning a salary and full benefits.

    One of the key highlights of ARE is that participants will be provided with hands-on opportunities to experience teaching and refine their practice. The program provides a directly supported — academic, social, and financial — pathway to a lifelong career in education with a starting salary range of $56,000.