Project EDUCATE is a four-pillar program aimed to increase the recruitment and retainment of underrepresented minorities into the teaching profession. This is a partnership between Washington Local Schools (WLS), and Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education (NWO), housed in the BGSU College of Education and Human Development (EDHD).

Pillar One: 6th – 8th grade: Project EDUCATE Club

  • Students begin to explore and discuss the question “What does a career in Education look like?”
  • Students are exposed to positive and diverse role models and mentors in education 
  • Social emotional learning principles, life skills and habits of mind strategies (perseverance, grit, growth mindset, etc.) are modeled in the classroom, setting students up for successful transition to high school 
  • Creative, empathetic, student-centered pedagogy is implemented to help young learners visualize themselves as leaders of learning
  • A comprehensive wraparound services approach is provided for students

Pillar Two: 9th – 12th grade: Teaching Professions Program

  • Activities and discussions will revolve around the question “How do I become a life-changing teacher of color?”
  • Students explore teaching related careers through a social justice and equity lens 
  • Students earn credits that can transfer to higher education teacher education programs/certificates
  • Students participate in regular field experiences in local classrooms 
  • Mentoring relationships continue with students 
  • College academic/career readiness skills are integrated throughout courses 
  • Students regularly interact with and begin to co-teach with pre-service students
  • Teacher Preparation Teams begin advising students on life design and their education path

Pillar Three: Higher Education: Preparing Diverse and Elite Future Educators

  • Students are recruited and retained to continue to higher education with a major in education 
  • College scholarships are provided along with continued mentoring from current students and faculty members 
  • Creation and expansion of high-quality alternative certification programs 
  • Deliberate and positive support structures for students implemented to increase retention 
  • Cultivating a sense of belonging through informal and formal student networks of support systems 
  • Students work as paraprofessionals in their school district to stay engaged and motivated while completing their degree

Pillar Four: Professional Career Path

  • Students graduate and earn teacher licensure and are offered preferential hiring in their home district 
  • Students teach for a minimum of 3-5 years as part of a “pay back” to the program 
  • Students who have graduated through the program mentor future participants 
  • Graduates continue to participate in leadership/mentorship professional development during employment 
  • Professional Learning Communities are established for sustained support for graduates
  • Graduates are encouraged to pursue graduate degrees in Education and Educational Leadership 

Updated: 02/19/2024 01:13PM