Grow Your Own Initiative

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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 strategies to:

  • Promote interest in the educator profession, coordinate culturally responsive educator preparation, development, and advancement efforts, as well as share data needed to achieve a diverse, high quality pool of professionals;

  • Build affordable, regional career pathways into education, including access for adult students, to achieve a workforce that is culturally responsive and reflective of  P-12 student demographics; and

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

View the 2020-2022 GYO Grantees.

May 2022 Update: Grow Your Own Request for Applications Delayed

Due to significant procurement delays, the next GYO RFA is not yet ready to be released. EAC staff continue to do everything we can to move this forward, and understand that planning for the next school year is impacted by this funding opportunity. As a result, the EAC staff are extending current GYO grants through the 2022-23 school year, as well as continuing to plan for the release of the new RFA as soon as possible. Sign up for our email listserv to be notified of new grant opportunities as they become available.

GYO Map

GYO Partnerships funded by the EAC

Resources for Current Grantees

In 2020, the EAC funded 27 GYO partnership across the state. Current GYO grantees can find links to resources below:

2021-2022 Grant Guidance Document

EAC Partners Communications Guide

Disbursement Requests:

2022 Extension:

2022 Progress Report:

Contact us:

Lynne Gardner, Director, Program Development and Assessment, at Lynne.gardner@ode.oregon.gov