School districts across our region promote education as a career choice through Grow Your Own programs for high school students. Districts are increasingly recognizing the positive impact of having teachers that reflect the students and the community they serve. Grow Your Own Programs offer districts a way to address the shrinking supply of teachers as well as ensure they are developing future teachers that will reflect the students and communities they serve.
Grow Your Own Programs serve multiple objectives:
Interest in education majors among ACT test-takers is down 16% since 2010.
In Dallas County, 56% of students are Latinx versus only 21% of teachers.
Best in Class partners with area school districts to support quality and expansion of district Grow Your Own programs. The Grow Your Own Working Group convened by Best in Class provides space for district program leaders to come together to highlight best practices and to tackle common challenges. Best in Class is also collaborating with TeachDFW to create marketing materials and TeachDFW.org tools aimed at elevating the teaching profession amongst current K-12 students, as well as attracting more students into district Grow Your Own programs.
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