Grow Your Own: A Systemic Approach to Securing an Effective Educator Talent Pool

The learning series, Grow Your Own: A Systemic Approach to Securing an Effective Educator Talent Pool, was developed through a collaboration among six federally funded technical assistance centers, including two content centers: the College and Career Readiness and Success Center, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and four regional comprehensive centers including the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, the Midwest Comprehensive Center, the Southeast Comprehensive Center, and the Texas Comprehensive Center. The learning series is divided into four short modules focused on critical GYO topics.

The learning series supports SEAs, LEAs, educator preparation programs, and community organizations interested in developing and implementing Grow Your Own (GYO) programs in their state, region or district.  GYO is a local approach to developing an educator pipeline that leverages existing talent to meet local workforce needs. GYO strategies can address educator shortages and retention issues, promote a more diverse workforce and support college and career readiness development in high school students.

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Accessible slides and transcripts are also available for all Modules.

Module 1: Introduction to Grow Your Own (GYO) Programs
This module develops a common understanding of GYO programs, explores the emerging, though limited research on GYO programs and reviews emerging GYO programs underway.

Narrator: Ellen Cushing


Module 2: Using Data to Determine When and Why to Grow Your Own
In Module 2, listeners  will situate GYO in comprehensive talent development framework, identify local data sources to inform GYO program development and discuss how GYO programs address equity gaps and improve workforce diversity.

Narrator: Lois Kimmel


Module 3: Developing a Grow Your Own Strategic Plan
Module 3 develops a common understanding of a strategic action plan, reviews the importance of setting GYO goals and supports listeners in monitoring their progress towards their GYO goals.

Narrator: Elizabeth Nelson


Module 4: Essential Components of a Grow Your Own Program
Mondule 4 identifies the essential components of three GYO program structures and explores guiding questions to help listeners realize these essential components in their local context.

Narrator: Dan Brown