Date of Award

Fall 12-23-2023

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Boyd Bradbury


Keywords: Diversifying the teacher profession, Teaching Grow Your Own (GYO) Programs


While the U.S. has seen an increase of students of color in K-12 schools, the teaching profession faces a shortage of teachers of color. A range of issues, including engaging and retaining teachers of color, learning outcomes, and ensuring academic success for students, all contribute to the shortage. Teaching focused Grow Your Own (GYO) programs have gained popularity as a grassroots effort to diversify the teaching profession to reflect current student demographics. This study examined existing teaching GYO collaboration models within a K-12 district and a post-secondary institution. The qualitative and exploratory study reviewed the benefits of the GYO Future Teacher Academy (FTA) programming during the college campus immersion experience via a one-week college campus residency. The study took place in a mid-size Midwest public university and used a phenomenological lens to focus on the GYO participants’ perspective and experience during the one-week college campus immersion experience. Interviews were used to gather the data and explore the impact that the college campus immersion experience had on engaging the participants to consider teaching as a future career and matriculate into post-secondary education. The data analysis used inductive coding with transcripts and marginal notes. The marginal notes were used to create memos, which then became codes. The researcher combined the related codes into main themes.

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