ISER Publication - Growing our own: Recruiting Alaska’s youth and paraprofessionals into teaching
Good teachers are critical to student success, and Alaska faces significant challenges in staffing its public schools. About 200 new teachers graduate from Alaska colleges every year, but the state needs to hire many more than that to fill open positions. This paper explores two key Grow Your Own (GYO) initiatives: education career exploration courses for high school students and career pathways for paraprofessional educators. It reviews the current literature on these initiatives, outlines Alaska's efforts in these areas, and makes policy recommendations.
DeFeo, D. J., & Tran, T. C. (2019). Growing our own: Recruiting Alaska’s youth and paraprofessionals into teaching. Anchorage, AK: Institute of Social and Economic Research.