Grow Your Own Grant

About the Grow Your Own Initiative

In support of state goals related to the diversification of the educator workforce and to ensure high quality, culturally responsive educators in every classroom across Oregon, the EAC supports local and regional partnerships implementing Grow Your Own programs. These partnerships are designed with the whole school system in mind to address conditions affecting the recruitment and retention of educators across the career continuum. The GYO initiative aims to support the development of partnerships which:

  • Identify and determine areas of need based on local and/or regional school communities, and share data in order to coordinate culturally responsive educator preparation, development, and advancement efforts.

  • Assess internal institutional structures and identify barriers that may impede efforts to achieve a diverse, high quality pool of educator professionals.

  • Co-create with partners to build affordable, regional career pathways into education, which provide multiple options for nontraditional postsecondary students to access.

  • Support the continuation of learning for novice educators through high quality induction and mentorship programs focused on culturally responsive curricula, instruction practices, and learning environments that support every student to be successful.

Learn more about the GYO grant initiative:

2023-2025 GYO Grant Recipients

For information on individual program descriptions, please see the table below.


GYO Partnerships


Program Description

Program Contact Information

Award Amount

Central Oregon Community College

Central Oregon Community College Pathways to Careers in Education

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Bend La Pine Schools, Crook County School District, Redmond School District, Sisters School District, Jefferson County School District, and  High Desert Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Oregon State University-Cascades

Community Partners: Heart of Oregon Corps, Neighbor Impact, Child Care Resources

The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Pathways to Careers in Education is a regional partnership to identify, support, and sustain rising educators whose professional dedication includes developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices for classrooms from early learning to secondary education. This project relies on critical partnerships between COCC, local school districts, universities, ESDs, and non-profit organizations developing over the past decade. The GYO partnership aims to help address educator workforce issues by increasing the number of educators from underrepresented populations in Central Oregon, including Latinx, Native American, rural, and/or low-income, to explore a pathway into education careers, complete their educational goals, and launch into the workforce in Central Oregon. To accomplish this goal, strategies include increased outreach to priority populations at the high school and adult level, financial support for participants to complete their educational goals, offer work-based learning opportunities, as well as mentoring, tutoring, and language supports.

Angie Cole, 


2600 NW College Way

Bend, OR 97703


(541) 318-3794

$513, 856.00

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College Grow Your Own Teacher Pathway

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Salem-Keizer School District, Woodburn School District, McMinnville School District

The Chemeketa Community College Grow Your Own Teacher Pathway is a collaborative effort involving Chemeketa, universities, school districts, and educational service districts to foster a diverse teaching workforce. Prioritizing personalized and culturally responsive recruitment, it supports participants in obtaining teaching credentials and securing regional workforce placement, and contributes to a lasting impact on the development and diversity of the local teaching workforce. Beyond collaboration, the vision for the GYO partnerships is to effectively serve regional partners and cultivate a bilingual, culturally responsive teacher workforce and help guide participants through multiple educational pathways to certification or licensure. The program serves diverse participants, including high school students, education majors, and school district employees, offering pathways from high school to university transfer. In addition, this project supports the implementation of two new teacher education certificates and piloting the first elementary teaching apprenticeship.

Karla Hale,


PO Box 14007 

Salem, OR 97309


(503) 399-6564 

$612, 127.25

Clackamas Community College

Clackamas IDEA (Inclusive Diverse Educator Access)

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: West-Linn Wilsonville School District, Estacada School District, Clackamas Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners:

Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, George Fox University, Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center

Community Partners: Adelante Mujeres, Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start

The Clackamas Inclusive Diverse Educator Access (IDEA) project purpose is to continue to create equitable, accessible, inclusive educator pathways for potential early learning and K-12 licensed teachers, with a focus on students who have been systematically marginally and under-represented in college teacher preparation programs, specifically Latinx, Spanish-speaking students. Clackamas IDEA has four main goals for grant funding: 1) offers tuition supports to Spanish-speaking early learning students to complete their Associate Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education; 2) collaborate with partner high schools to create and implement ED 101 courses to introduce students to the teaching field and providing the course to students at no cost ; 3) employe a bilingual teaching and learning navigator, who assists with student recruitment, retention and supporting their transition either into a 4-year university or into the early learning workplace, and 4) provide financial supports to classified ESD employees who want to transition to licensed K-12 teaching.

Dawn Hendricks,


19600 Molalla Ave. 

Oregon City, OR 97045


(503) 594-6158

$612, 500.00

Columbia Gorge Community College

Rural Representation: An Education Pathways Partnership

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Columbia Gorge Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Western Oregon University

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Grow Your Own (GYO) program is designed to support our region by creating the infrastructure for future teachers to enter the classroom without leaving their community or employment. Our vision is to remove barriers for future teachers as they start their education pathway. Students will have a seamless transfer, with high touch advising, from CGCC to Western Oregon University. CGCC’s GYO Program will connect students with local school districts to receive coaching and mentoring throughout their education and also recruit existing school district employees to offer career advancement opportunities to leverage the talent in their schools. The program will also work to remove the financial burden to GYO participants by providing direct student support for tuition, housing, childcare and technology. CGCC is excited to invest in our community and create the next generation of educators.

Karly Aparicio,


400 Scenic Drive 

The Dalles, OR 97058


(541) 506-6232

$611, 734.38

Columbia Gorge ESD

Teach Columbia Gorge

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Columbia Gorge Education Service District, Columbia Regional Educator Network, North Central Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Columbia Gorge Community College

Teach Columbia Gorge provides a pathway for educators on restricted or emergency licenses or school/district classified staff members to enroll in an educator preparation program and obtain their teaching license. The goal of this pathway is to support the people who are already a part of our communities and working in our schools to become educators. Program participants are supported and guided through: Professional learning opportunities and cohort connection events; scholarships and tuition support; mentoring and job-embedded support; and EdTPA and licensure test preparation support. Teach Columbia Gorge prioritizes school district employees who are already working in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler, and Gilliam county schools.

Gabrielle DeLeone, 


400 E Scenic Drive, #207 

The Dalles, OR 97058


(541) 993-9656

$607, 1 25.00 

David Douglas School District

David Douglas Grow Your Own Program

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Multnomah Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Portland Community College

David Douglas School District’s (DDSD) Grow Your Own Program partners with Multnomah ESD’s Multnomah Educators Rising (MER), Portland Community College, and other post-secondary institutions to cultivate a highly qualified, diverse workforce, including PK-12 teachers, early childhood educators, counselors, special education teachers and bilingual educators. The program serves: PK-12 classified paraprofessionals and high school students pursuing an Oregon educator license; licensed staff or classified paraprofessionals pursuing careers as counselors; licensed staff to maintain licensure in early childhood education (ECE); and classified paraprofessionals to pursue careers in ECE. One of the program’s three goals is to minimize attrition, and retain GYO participants and graduates through a welcoming and inclusive school culture with opportunities for leadership and career development. To accomplish this, participants are provided beginning teacher and mentor programs, ongoing, high quality professional development, staff of color affinity groups, access to equity Teachers On Special Assignment and building equity teams. 

La'Shawanta Spears,  

Colleen Hathaway, 


11300 NE Halsey St.

Portland, OR  97220


(503) 261-8167


Eastern Oregon Regional Educator Network ESD

Eastern Oregon Regional Educator Network Grow Your Own

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Eastern Oregon Regional Educator Network; Grant Education Service District, Lake Education Service District, Malheur Education Service District, Wallowa Education Service District, Harney Education Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Eastern Oregon University

The Eastern Oregon REN Grow Your Own Program aims to increase the number and diversity of high quality educators working with students across our 40 district region. This program will use a multi-faceted approach in supporting educator development and recruitment. The program will focus on these goals: Increase opportunities for educational assistants/instructional aids and other classified staff to pursue careers in teaching; increase pre-service educator exposure and commitment to rural districts in order to ensure a stable, connected, and well-trained teacher workforce; establish additional opportunities for restricted license teachers or community members with a Bachelor’s degree who are interested in teaching, to earn their initial Oregon teaching credential; increase the number of certified staff with multiple endorsements and/or increase endorsements in high priority areas, including STEM, SpEd, Linguistics and Reading; and promote and encourage students pursuing education majors to consider jobs in rural districts. 

Jennifer Martin,


363 A Street W.

Vale, OR  97918


(541) 473-4838

$609, 131.25

Eastern Oregon University

Oregon Teacher Pathway™

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Baker School District, La Grande School District, Morrow School District, Milton Freewater School District, Pendleton School District, Umatilla School District and Wallowa School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Eastern Oregon University

The Oregon Teacher Pathway™ is a Grow Your Own Teacher Program that supports future teachers from high school through college. The program begins in high school with a dual credit course that offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore the field of teaching and investigate educational inequalities through a culturally responsive lens. The exploration of multiple perspectives will provide students with the opportunity to study cultural and linguistic diversity in U.S. schools and increase self-awareness regarding the impact of teachers on student success. Course graduates can continue their studies at Eastern Oregon University at a discounted rate and participate in mentoring and professional development while pursuing their teaching degree. The program is grounded in a cycle of mentorship that offers constant support from high school through university graduation and into the first years of teaching and supports district partners on hiring and retention of OTP GYO teacher candidates. 

Tawnya Lubbes,


One University Blvd.

La Grande, OR 97850


(541) 962-3329


InterMountain ESD

InterMountain Recruitment and Retention Partnership

School, District, and/or ESD Partners:

Post-secondary Education Partners:

Community Partners:

Program description coming soon…

Jerry McMichael,


2001 SE Nye Avenue,

Pendleton, OR 97801


(541) 966-7865

$611, 809.80

Jefferson County School District SD 509

Jefferson County Grow Your Own Educator Partnership

Post-secondary Education Partners: Central Oregon Community College, George Fox University, Oregon State University, JCSD Family University

Tribal Government Partner: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Culture and Heritage Department

Jefferson County School District’s (JCSD) vision is to meet our communities' educational needs, local hiring and retention challenges; and to narrow the gap between the racial demographics of our diverse student body and our teaching staff. This includes being adaptive and designing programs to foster and prepare future educators for our schools, and support present and future educators on traditional and non-traditional learning pathways, all through continued work with our valuable partners. We continue to seek new opportunities to grow and nurture future educators in our community. Programs begin at the high school level with implementation of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) early childhood pathway that includes a peer tutor program, contracted classes with Central Oregon Community College (COCC) towards an associate’s degree, bachelors and master’s degree programs for working adults, college scholarship awards, a language educator pathway, and a robust teacher induction and mentoring program.  

Melinda Boyle,


445 SE Buff Street

Madras, OR 97741-1595


(541) 475-6192 ext. 2215

$612, 416.88

Lane ESD

Lane Regional Teacher Pathways Program

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Bethel School District, Blachly School District, Creswell School District, Eugene 4J School District, Crow School District,

Fern Ridge School District, Junction City School District, Lowell School District, Oakridge School District, Pleasant Hill School District, Siuslaw School District,

South Lane School District, Springfield School District, Mapleton School District, Marcola School District, McKenzie School District, Western Regional Educators Network

Post-secondary Education Partners: Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Bushnell University, Pacific University

Lane Regional Teacher Pathways is part of a Grow Your Own Grant Initiative. Our program is a partnership between Lane Education Service District and the 16 Lane County school districts, Pacific University, University of Oregon, Bushnell University and Lane Community College. These 20 organizations work together to create accessible pathways for diverse scholars to access educator preparation programs. We provide support and walk alongside scholars from the application stage through completion of licensure programs. The goals of the program are to increase the number of diverse educators in Lane County by leveraging the talent and strengths of local candidates, create affordable career advancement pathways by providing tuition assistance, and strengthen partnerships between school districts and higher education to remove barriers affecting recruitment and retention of educator candidates.

Erika Case,


1200 Highway 99 N

Eugene, OR 97402


(541) 461-8347


Lincoln County School District

Rural Teacher Pathway Project

Post-secondary Education Partners: Oregon Coast Community College

The Rural Teacher Pathway Program is intended to continue the existing partnership that focuses on the career advancement of current classified, other non-licensed staff, and employees and teachers on provisional licenses. Lincoln County School District (LCSD) wishes to offer the same flexibility and greater economic supports to our currently classified staff through the Grow Your Own partnership with Oregon Coast Community College to provide supports to GYO candidates financially, in goal setting, licensure, matriculating to a 4-year program, and career planning.

Tiana DeVries,


1212 NE Fogarty

Newport, OR 97365


(541) 265-4436


Linn Benton Lincoln ESD

Strategic Partnerships for Student Success

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, Central Linn School District, Corvallis School District, Greater Albany School District, Harrisburg School District, Lebanon School District, Lincoln County School District, Monroe School District, Philomath School District, Scio School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Linn Benton Community College, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University

Community Partners: LBCCFamily Connections

Linn Benton Lincoln Educational Service District (LBL ESD) will support new and existing GYO approaches within twelve school districts across the three counties. The vision for this new GYO project is to combine direct support to school districts for educator recruitment through the creation of a regional collaborative structure. This two-pronged approach will include a Regional GYO Specialist position and a Regional GYO Work Group. During the first phase of the project, grant funding will be provided to support educators currently on emergency licenses in high-need areas such as special education. The Regional GYO Work Group will be tasked to develop a medium to long-range plan for the distribution of scholarships, as well as identify and reduce licensure barriers for aspiring educators. 

Rachelle Bell,


905 SE 4th Ave SE

Albany, OR 97321


(541) 812-2711


McMinnville School District

McMinnville School District Grow Your Own Partnership

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Willamette Education Service Center

Post-secondary Education Partners: Chemeketa Community College, Linfield University

The McMinnville School District Grow Your Own Partnership supports the district’s efforts to diversify the teacher workforce and increase the number of licensed teachers in high-need areas such as bilingual/multicultural educators, rural educators, and special educators. GYO participants include current MSD staff and MSD high school students. The MSD GYO partnership will promote an interest in the teaching and special education professions and provide MSD staff with flexible pathways towards teacher licensure/endorsement with culturally sustaining teacher preparation, development and career advancement. The grant will also support the development and career advancement of a high school education pathway, focusing on bilingual and multicultural students, through a 2+2 pathway towards teacher licensure. GYO participants will receive support in the form of funding for tuition, culturally sustaining teacher preparation, bilingual and first generation mentorship through Chemeketa Community College and Linfield University, district mentorship and paid clinical experiences.

Steffanie Frost,


800 NE Lafayette Ave.

McMinnville, OR 97128


(503) 565-4021


Multnomah ESD

Multnomah Educator Rising

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham-Barlow School District, Multnomah Education Service District, Parkrose School District, Reynolds School District, Multnomah-Clackamas Regional Educators Network

Post-secondary Education Partners: Portland Community College, Portland State University, Warner Pacific University, Pacific University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College

Community Partners: Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Latino Network, NAYA Native American Youth & Family Center, Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators

Multnomah Educators Rising (MER) GYO builds antiracist, educator career pathways for the next generation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. GYO participants include adults currently serving in school communities and high school students. The MER Core Program provides coaching, advocacy, and funding support for adults pursuing degrees to serve as teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and other licensed school professionals. The MER Summer Academy provides paid internships for high school juniors interested in education careers. The participating youth work in summer school classrooms while concurrently taking a 3-credit Introduction to Education course at Portland Community College. In the spring of 2024, MER will launch its Principal License Cohort for future principals.

Nate Waas Shull,


11611 NE Ainsworth Cir.

Portland, OR 97220


(503) 257-1500


Northwest Regional ESD

Northwest Regional ESD Grow Your Own Program

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Tigard Tualatin School District, Sherwood School District, Beaverton School District, Hillsboro School District, and Forest Grove School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Portland Community College,  Tillamook Community College, Clatsop Community College, Western Oregon University, Pacific University

The Northwest Regional ESD (NWRESD) Grow Your Own Program is a collaborative effort between the Northwest Regional Education Service District, regional county school districts and higher education partners identifying on-ramps to careers in education from high school through non-traditional candidates, including mentoring and training at different stages along the way.

Yolanda Coleman, 


5825 NE Ray Cir.

Hillsboro, OR 97124


(503) 614-1315


Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children

Indigenous First Steps: Students, Family, Culture, and Community Project

Post-secondary Education Partners: Portland State University

The Indigenous First Steps (IFS) Students, Family, Culture, and Community Project is a collaboration of Native educators across Oregon offering culturally specific early learning college credit and professional development (PD) programs for Oregon Native and Indigenous educators. Supported by the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children and Portland State University, the IFS12-credit certificate, including 120 PD hours, integrates Native language, culture, histories, and oral stories for recovering and sustaining culture. This approach critically addresses the large body of evidence demonstrating that Native staff and teachers can promote a readiness to learn by helping instill a sense of self-esteem and confidence. The certificate is designed to support Oregon’s and other Tribal Nation early learning communities, Native early care providers, and those working with Native children in Oregon early learning settings. Courses are taught in a cohort-based model. 

Sara Stearns,

Ingrid Anderson, 



Gladstone, OR 97027


(503) 496-3991

(503) 725-4706


Oregon State University

Clinically-based Elementary Education BS Grow Your Own Pathway for Diverse Teacher Candidates

MAT Grow Your Own Pathway for Diverse Teacher Candidates

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Hillsboro School District, Clackamas Education Service District

The Clinically Based Elementary Education (CBEE) Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are two-year programs at Oregon State University. Students earn multiple-subjects elementary education licensure and may also earn an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement or Dual Language specialization. The BS and MAT program serve students working in Hillsboro School District, the districts of Clackamas county, and eleven additional districts around the state. OSU and partner districts collaboratively recruit and train bilingual/multilingual and student success plan educators, including instructional assistants, to be classroom teachers. The CBEE program mission is to develop high-quality, culturally responsive new teachers ready to meet the needs and realities of the classroom, who diversify the teacher workforce, and who contribute to long-term improvements in education by remaining in the profession. We partner with our school districts to help our candidates transition from pre-service educators to in-service educators.

Amanda Kibler,


OSU College of Education

200 SW 15th Street

Corvallis, OR 97331


(541) 737-4376


Portland Community College

Teacher Connect

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Hillsboro School District, Forest Grove School District,

Beaverton School District,

Sherwood School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Pacific University,

Lewis & Clark University

Community Partners: Adelante Mujeres, Mente, Beaverton Black Parent Union, Oregon Black School Educators

Teacher Connect (TC) is a collaborative pathway in Washington county that seeks to recruit, prepare, support, employ and retain Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who have been identified by school districts and community-based organizations. While working as non-licensed school staff, participants are enrolled at Portland Community College (PCC), undergraduate or graduate levels, and eligible to receive support for tuition, books, fees, and emergency funds. They are coached by a bilingual program navigator and receive ongoing support from a district affinity mentor. Participants have the opportunity to take robust culturally-responsive coursework at PCC. The TC partners and staff actively work to address and overcome systemic barriers and create strong pathways to success.

Tanya G. Mead, 


Portland Community College

PO Box 19000 

Portland, OR 97280-0990


(971) 349-9991


Portland State University

Portland State University Bilingual Teacher Pathway

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Beaverton School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham-Barlow School District, Hillsboro School District, North Clackamas School District, Portland Public Schools

The Portland State University (PSU) Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) serves aspiring bilingual, undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates enrolled in the College of Education BTP programs with partners across the Portland Metro area. Participants include students from community college as undergraduates, as well as teacher candidates are enrolled at the graduate level. At the end of a 2-year program, BTP teacher candidates graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and can be recommended for a preliminary teaching license with a dual language specialization or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement or content specific endorsements. The Grow Your Own cycle begins when school district partners refer instructional assistants to BTP and closes when districts hire their former employees as teachers. Almost 100% of graduating BTP candidates are hired, with 60% elementary candidates hired in the second year of the program.

Esperanza De La Vega,  


Portland State University College of Education

PO Box 751

Portland, OR 97207


(503) 725-9902


Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Salem-Keizer Leadership Development Platform

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Salem-Keizer School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Western Oregon University, Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington

The Salem-Keizer Grow Your Own Leadership Development Platform (SK-LDP) is a new leadership program to recruit, train, hire, evaluate and support administrators in the Salem-Keizer School District. The goals of the program are to create leaders who have the knowledge, will, and skill to disrupt systems of oppression and to lead complex schools with an equity-informed, culturally responsive disposition that impacts equitable outcomes for students. In collaboration with Western Oregon University and Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington, our developing leadership program will train leaders across a career pathway from teacher leadership, administrative credentialing, aspiring administrator preparation, new administrator support, mentorship and coaching, and central office preparation and support in both instructional and operational leadership. 

Gweneth Bruey-Finck,


2450 Lancaster Dr. NE

Salem, OR 97305


(503) 399-3000


Southern Oregon ESD

Southern Oregon Grow Your Own Program

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Ashland School District, Grants Pass School District,

Klamath County School District, Klamath Falls City Schools, Medford School District, Phoenix-Talent School District, Three Rivers School District

Post-secondary Education Partners: Central Oregon Community College,

Klamath Community College, Rogue Community College,

Southern Oregon Community College

Community Partners: Redwood Foundation for Education

The Southern Oregon Grow Your Own Program supports paraprofessionals, teacher cadets and other individuals entering into, or already enrolled in teacher preparation programs. Our goal is to promote interest in the educator profession, and diversify the teaching pool by creating affordable, regional pathways into education.

Aaron Cooke, 

Kate Vaden, 


101 N. Grape St.

Medford, OR 97501


(541) 776-8590 ext. 1107

(541) 531-6326


Three Rivers School District

Three Rivers School District Grow Your Own Program

Post-secondary Education Partners: Southern Oregon University

Community Partners: Redwood Foundation, RESOLVE

The Three Rivers School District (TRSD) Grow Your Own Program provides scholarship funds to classified employees who are enrolled in an educator preparation program with the overall goal of becoming a licensed K-12 teacher in Oregon. Scholarship funds are also available to licensed staff wanting to add or change an endorsement, complete an advanced degree or administrative prep program. TRSD GYO also provides mentors to all GYO recipients to ensure success in the classroom.

Dawn Werner, 


8550 New Hope Rd.

Grants Pass, OR 97527


(541) 862-3111


Umpqua Community College

Douglas Pathways for Rural Educator Preparation and Support (Douglas PREPS)

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: All Douglas County High Schools, Douglas County Educational Service District

Post-secondary Education Partners:

Southwestern Community College, George Fox University

Pathways for Rural Educator Preparation and Support (Douglas PREPS) will provide a pathway for educators in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties. Douglas PREPS is designed to help high school students gain an associate degree in education and graduate from high school with a paraeducator job. Students will work as paraeducators through the completion of the associate degree at Umpqua Community College (UCC) or Southwestern Community College (SOCC) and bachelor’s degree in education from George Fox University, whose classes will be held on the UCC campus with hybrid options for SOCC students. The GYO grant will provide tuition and fee assistance, cohort support, equity and diversity training, and additional wrap-around services to ensure program retention and completion for GYO participants. 

Teresa Rivenes,  


1140 Umpqua College Rd.

Roseburg, OR 97470


(541) 440-7678


University of Oregon

The Sapsik’ʷałá Program’s Grow Your Own (GYO) Future Teachers Program

Tribal Government Partners: Burns Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Coquille Indian Tribe, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Klamath Tribes

Post-secondary Education Partners: Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Program, Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residence Community (NAIS ARC), Educational Foundations Program

Community Partners: Lane ESD Native Youth Wellness Program

Building upon the Sapsik’ʷałá Program’s successful teacher education model and our philosophy that Education Strengthens Tribal Communities, Sapsik’ʷałá’s Grow Your Own Program centers intergenerational Indigenous knowledge in high school and undergraduate students in Oregon to achieve college success, cultivate teacher identities, and empower Indigenous youth to become the next generation’s leaders in education. Our program partners with our Tribal Advisory Council and invites contributions from our American Indian/American Native alumni from 49 Tribes, including the 43 Tribes having historic relation to Oregon. Our partnerships actively support the recruitment of high school and undergraduate students to the GYO program and hold our program accountable to the needs of Tribal communities. Our GYO also partners with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residence Community, and the Educational Foundations Program at UO to support students on their pathway to the Sapsik’ʷałá and teacher licensure.

Rena Joy Dunbar, 


Dept. of Education Studies, College of Education 5277 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403 

Lokey Education Building,

Suite 130


(541) 346-0733


Wallowa ESD Region 18

Teach Rural Oregon

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Wallowa County Education Service District, Eastern Oregon Regional Educator Network 

Post-secondary Education Partners: Eastern Oregon University College of Education 

Community Partners: Rural Schools Collaborative, Tamastsklit Cultural Institute, EOU Rural Engagement and Vitality Center, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Gray Family Foundation

The TRO project aims at recruiting diverse student teachers, including first generation college students, to complete their student teaching in rural and isolated rural districts across Oregon via the East Oregon Teacher Academy (EOTA), the Junior Field Study in rural communities, and the Oregon Rural Teacher Corps (ORTC), as well as professional development for rural teachers through the Cottonwood Canyon Teacher Institute (CCTI) and recognize place-based education through the Rural Schools Collaborative Educator Place Based Grant.

Dave Dallas, 


1 University Boulevard, ZH 228

La Grande OR, 97850


(541) 962-3535


Western Oregon University

Project REAL (Residency for Educator Access to Licensure)

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Post-secondary Education Partners: Chemeketa Community College

Project REAL (Residency for Educator Access to Licensure) responds to the imperative need to support Oregon’s provisionally licensed educators, including emergency, expedited, restricted, conditional, limited, or interim licenses, through a GYO partnership between Western Oregon University (WOU), Salem Keizer Public Schools (SKPS), and Chemeketa Community College (CCC) focusing on three stages of grow your own educator induction: recruitment, preparation, and retention through a residency model. Specifically, this partnership seeks to address three primary equity problems of practice: (1) A shortage of racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse licensed educators to serve a diverse student population; (2) Providing access to local, place-bound, residency programming embedded within a high-quality, nationally accredited, and equity-based educator preparation program; and (3) A meaningful and supportive induction experience  for educators who are full time working professionals within public schools, carefully crafted for best practices for supporting provisionally credentialed educators, during their teacher candidacy and into their first years of the profession.

Marie LeJeune, 

Kristen L Pratt, 


Western Oregon University

345 Monmouth Ave. N.

Monmouth, OR 97361


(503) 838-8450

(503) 838-9221


Willamette ESD

WESD Grow Your Own Pathways and Partnerships Project (WESD GYO P3)

Post-secondary Education Partners: Chemeketa Community College, Western Oregon University

The Willamette ESD Grow Your Own P3 has identified three main approaches by which we support sustainable efforts to positively impact current patterns of disproportionality disparity, and predictability in outcomes for education in our region. We collaborate with 11 school districts in our region, Chemeketa Community College, and Western Oregon University to (1) create access to teacher pathway options that meet candidates’ work/life demands and need for financial support; (2) connect Spanish speaking candidates with information on coursework offered in Spanish at Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University; (3) provide school districts funding for stipends for culturally diverse “Teacher Talent Liaisons” to serve as initial recruiters and “touch points” with aspiring educators; and (4) develop coaching and technical assistance for school districts seeking options to help Instructional Assistants complete student teaching while retaining salary and benefits.

Ella L Taylor,

Suzie Barrientos, 


2611 Pringle Road SE

Salem, OR 97302


(503) 385-4660

(503) 385-4794


West Linn-Wilsonville School DIstrict

Wilsonville High School Grow Your Own Education Program

School, District, and/or ESD Partners: Clackamas Education Service Department's Clackamas Career & Technical Education Consortium

Post-secondary Education Partners: Clackamas Community College

Wilsonville High School (WVHS) will launch a new Education Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. This Education CTE program will allow high school students to explore education as a potential career path, gain hands-on experience, and take dual credit/college credit classes. The vision of the Grow Your Own (GYO) partnership is to build a career pathway for bilingual/multilingual high school students to join the educator profession. This GYO partnership has structures and a series of links in a chain that supports and moves a student along the educator career continuum, beginning in high school. After a student completes this program, they will have access to a linked pathway to transition to Clackamas Community College's Elementary Education Associates of Arts (AAOT) Transfer Degree.

Laura Nappi, 


Wilsonville High School 

6800 SW Wilsonville Rd.

Wilsonville, OR 97070


(503) 673-7000 ext. 4635


Contact us:

Lynne Gardner, PhD., Director of Program Development and Assessment, at

Renae Guenther, Program Grant Manager, at

Additional information about the 2020-2023 GYO Grantees: