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Academy for Rising Educators Application is Open!

Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)

Current Instructional Assistants (IAs) who do not yet have an associate’s degree (AA) and graduating high school seniors can now apply to be part of the first cohort of the Academy of Rising Educators – Seattle Public Schools’ newest pipeline program designed to help promising educators pursue their AA degree’s, bachelor’s degrees and teaching certificates while working in SPS as IAs (with scholarships that cover the whole cost). The first step is to fill out the initial application by clicking here.

Read more about ARE here.


Announcing: The Academy for Rising Educators

Seattle Public Schools is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative aimed at identifying, cultivating and supporting homegrown talent to teach in our schools. It’s called the “Academy for Rising Educators.”

“The problems of tomorrow will be solved by the youth of today.”

– Robert Terry

What is it and how does it work?

The Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) is a partnership between Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Central Community College and the City of Seattle. The program works with current SPS high school students, who – upon graduation – attend Seattle Central Community College to earn their AA degrees tuition free through the Seattle Promise Scholarship. While earning their degrees, students work for SPS as Paraeducators (classroom assistants), earning a salary and full benefits.

Once they complete their AA degrees, they enter SPS’s Class to Cert Program to begin earning their BA and their teaching certificate using scholarships.

When finished, they become SPS teachers earning $56,000+ per year, just four years out of high school.

Applications for the program will opening in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you are a high school student with SPS or are considering working as a paraprofessional with the district and need your AA, and want to learn more, please fill out our interest form by clicking here.

Kara is Proud to #teachseattle.

Kara Golgert – a Special Education teacher – is proud to #teachseattle. Here are some of the reasons why:Kara Golgert

    • I teach because I love supporting students and families.
    • I teach to lay the foundation for a life time of learning.
    • I teach special education because I can provide access for students who face many hurdles in an education system not built for them.
    • I teach to see the AHA moment that a child gains understanding and acquires a new skill.
    • I teach to be surrounded by people who care.
    • I teach because it makes me a better person to care for others.