Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is committed to teacher diversity. The Academy of Rising Educators (ARE) is one way we are hiring and recruiting more educators of color.
The program helps SPS high school seniors and recent graduates, current SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate.
ARE prepares and supports candidates that model three program goals. Candidates are:
- Rooted in our communities;
- Dedicated to long-term teaching; and
- Committed to anti-racist teaching to support students furthest away from educational justice.
The program helps SPS high school seniors and recent graduates, current SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate. In partnership with Seattle Central College, City University, Seattle Teacher Residency, University of Washington Special Education High Incidence Program, Seattle University, the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL), and the City of Seattle, it provides candidates tuition, academic, and wrap-around supports.
While there are many teacher certifications programs in Washington, ARE is the only program that includes district-provided financial support and preferred placement upon completion.