Grow Your Own Initiative

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2023-25 Grow Your Own Grant Program Application

The application period has now closed. Any questions can be sent to Julia Alpernas at

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.

View the list of 2020-2023 GYO Grantees and learn about their programs.

Learn more about the GYO grant initiative:

  • Power Point Presentation from January 2023 Educator Advancement Council meeting

  • Power Point Presentation from April 2023 Educator Advancement Council meeting

  • Watch a panel discussion with GYO grantee programs at the Oregon School Personnel Association's Leveraging Recruitment and Retention February webinar. Grantees discussed their program models, partnerships, and outcomes.

Click the images below to view more information about our Grow Your Own Program Initiative.

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GYO Programs


GYO Partnerships funded by the EAC

Resources for Current Grantees

The EAC currently funds 27 GYO partnerships across the state.

Current GYO grantees can find links to resources, instructions, and FAQs in the 2021-2023 Grant Guidance Document (updated April 2023).

2023 Final Report Instructions

The instructions and template for submitting your final grant report are now available for download. To begin, save a copy of the file to your computer.

Click the button at the top to "Enable content". This will allow you to use the drop-down menus in the template.

Please be sure to review the instructions. Completed final reports must be submitted no later than July 19, 2023 via this submission form.

Grantees are invited to join an optional, virtual information session on Wednesday, May 24 from 11am-12pm. The information session will be recorded and sent to grantees. EAC staff will also host virtual “Open Office Hours” for grantees who have additional questions. Grantees are welcome to drop-in at either of the following times: Wednesday, May 31 between 9:00 and 10:00am and Thursday, June 1 between 2:00 and 3:00pm.

Contact us:

Lynne Gardner, Director, Program Development and Assessment, at