Teacher Academies (est. 2009) is a program fully funded by the Washington State Legislature that lives at the College of Education and Professional Studies. We focus on providing alternative pathways into the teaching profession for high school juniors and seniors, while also working diligently to diversify the workforce of Washington teachers.
Currently, in Washington state, only 11.9% of teachers identify as teachers of color. Meanwhile, 46.6% of students in Washington schools come from racially diverse backgrounds. Studies have shown, that there are a plethora of benefits for students of color who are taught by teachers of color:
- Boosting overall academic performance
- Improving reading and math test scores
- Improving graduation rates
- Increasing aspirations to attend college
- Reducing the number of absences
Take a look at the video below to hear from current students and teachers at Teacher Academies!