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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Tennessee’s “Grow Your Own” teacher development model is the first of its kind in the nation to be approved by the Department of Labor, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.
The program, which is a collaboration between the Clarksville-Montgomery County School District and Austin Peay State University, is an apprentice program that serves as a residency designed to train effective teachers.
“By establishing a permanent Grow Your Own model, Tennesseans are innovating to provide the opportunity to become teachers for free while earning a wage. We hope states across the country will utilize this model to combat teacher shortages, remove barriers to becoming an educator for all people from all backgrounds and continue to invest in the teaching profession,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.
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The school district says the program provides an alternative to traditional methods of achieving a teaching degree.
According to the system website, “Teacher Residents are educational assistants who contribute to excellence by providing instructional and non-instructional support to students while learning best practices for a career in education from an outstanding CMCSS educator.”
There are 65 “Grow Your Own” programs in Tennessee. The programs started in October 2020.
“The Grow Your Own model is designed to foster partnerships between EPPs and districts to provide innovative, no-cost pathways to the teaching profession by increasing EPP enrollment and growing the supply of qualified teachers,” according to the DOE news release.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com