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    Building a More Diverse Workforce with the Academy of Rising Educators
    Posted on 12/22/2020

    Building a More Diverse Workforce with the Academy of Rising Educators

    One of the priorities of the district's strategic plan Seattle Excellence is to develop a culturally responsive workforce, which recognizes and celebrates the unique gifts and backgrounds of each student and improves learning. In addition to training teachers to improve their culturally responsive practice, Seattle Public Schools is committed to recruiting and retaining more Educators of Color.

    The Academy of Rising Educators (ARE) is one way the district is building a more diverse workforce. The program helps SPS high school seniors and recent graduates, current SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate. While there are many teacher certification programs in Washington, ARE is the only program that includes district-provided financial support and preferred placement upon completion.

    The 2020-21 ARE candidates exemplify what Seattle Excellence is all about. The candidates are rooted in their communities, dedicated to long-term teaching, and committed to anti-racist teaching to support students furthest away from educational justice. This year's cohort is two times larger than last year and has four times as many African American male candidates – reflecting the diversity of our students and community.

    SPS is working to build on the success of the ARE program. In partnership with local colleges, the district simplified pathways to certification to make the process more accessible to potential candidates. View the new pathways on our ARE webpage.

    Hear from candidates in this year's ARE cohort in the video below.

    Seattle Public Schools TV Vimeo.