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Grow Your Own Competitive Grant

In October 2020, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced the award of $2 million in grant funding to seven Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) in Tennessee for the purpose of forming or expanding state recognized Grow Your Own partnerships to increase access and remove barriers to the teaching profession. 

The Grow Your Own competitive grant supports partnerships between EPPs and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide innovative, no-cost pathways to the teaching profession by increasing EPP enrollment and growing the supply of qualified teachers. 

With these awards, TDOE was able to establish additional Grow Your Own partnerships in 37 districts, enabling 250+   individuals to become teachers for free and get paid to do so via unique residency models.

Examples of innovative Grow Your Own partnerships and pathways established as a result of this grant include:

  • Tennessee State University has created a pathway for graduating high school seniors to earn their bachelor’s degree with an initial licensure in biology or chemistry and either a Special Education or ESL endorsement.
  • Austin Peay State University and Lipscomb University’s partnership with Clarksville-Montgomery County will maximize the number of education assistants and high school seniors who are able to enroll in their Grow Your Own programs.
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has created an LEA partnership targeting education assistants as an existing talent pool of future licensed teachers, with an emphasis on meeting the demand for teachers in STEM: math, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
  • Lincoln Memorial University’s various partnerships will allow education assistants with a bachelor’s degree to receive a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree while receiving initial Tennessee licensure in visual arts, physical education, elementary education, or secondary education, as well as a teaching endorsement in Special Education.

To read more about the Grow Your Own competitive grant announcement, click here.

To view program requirements as outlined in the previously released Grow Your Own grant application, click here.

2020 Grow Your Own Partnership Competitive Grant Awardees

2020 Grow Your Own Partnership Competitive Grant Awardees Local Education Agency (LEA) Partners

Austin Peay State University

allenl@apsu.edu

Cheatham County Schools
Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
Dickson County Schools
Hickman County Schools
Robertson County Schools

Lincoln Memorial University

John.mccook@lmunet.edu

Anderson County Schools
Blount County Public Schools

Hancock County Schools
Hawkins County Schools
Knox County Schools
Loudon County Schools

Roane County Schools
Sevier County Schools
Union County Public Schools

Lipscomb University

Vanessa.garcia@lipscomb.edu

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Tennessee State University

jhayne27@tnstate.edu

Bedford County Schools
Fayetteville City Schools
Haywood County Schools
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Moore County Schools
Shelby County Schools
Tipton County Schools
Tullahoma City Schools
Wayne County Schools
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

Tennessee Tech University

jcbaker@tntech.edu

Grundy County Schools
Jackson County Schools
Overton County Schools
Putnam County Schools
White County Schools
Warren County Schools

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

renee-murley@utc.edu

Hamilton County Schools
Marion County Schools

University of Tennessee Knoxville

osp@utk.edu

Alcoa City School
Anderson County Schools
Blount County Schools
Knox County Schools
Lenoir County Schools
Maryville CitySchools
Oak Ridge City Schools
Shelby County Schools

Grow Your Own Competitive Grant: Round 2

In June 2021, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the award of $4.5 million in Grow Your Own grants  to help establish partnerships between Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and local school districts and create innovative pathways to becoming a teacher in Tennessee for free. 

This second round of Grow Your Own grants awards 45 grants of $100,000 each to 13 EPPs in Tennessee to form or expand state recognized Grow Your Own partnerships with more than 50 school districts across the state. Building upon the momentum of the initial $2 million investment in the initiative, this latest round of grants from the department significantly expands the Grow Your Own program, totaling a $6.5 million investment in 65 partnerships between 14 EPPs and 63 school districts-- enabling over 650 future educators to become a Tennessee teacher for free.

To read more about this latest round of grant awards, click here.

 

2021 Grow Your Own Partnership Competitive Grant Awardees

 

EPP Grant Awardees

LEA Partners

Austin Peay State University

jonessp@apsu.edu

 

Cheatham County Schools

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Dickson County Schools

Hickman County Schools

Robertson County School

Freed-Hardeman University

adowney@fhu.edu

Fayette County Public Schools

Lincoln Memorial University

john.mccook@lmunet.edu

Alcoa City Schools

Anderson County Schools

Blount County Schools

Campbell County Schools

Clinton City Schools

Hamblen County Schools

Hancock County Schools

Hawkins County Schools

Jefferson County Schools

Lenoir City Schools

Knox County Schools

Monroe County Schools

Oak Ridge Schools

Lipscomb University

vanessa.garcia@lipscomb.edu

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Hamilton County Schools

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Williamson County Schools

Milligan University

ANHilton-Prilhart@millgan.edu

Elizabethton City Schools

Middle Tennessee State University

Robyn.Ridgley@mtsu.edu

Murfreesboro City Schools

Nashville Teacher Residency

Matt@nashvilleteacherresidency.org

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Relay Graduate School of Education

ashur@relay.edu

Tennessee Public Charter School Commission

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Shelby County Schools

Tennessee Technological University

jcbaker@tntech.edu

Clay County Schools

Dekalb County Schools

Hawkins County Schools

Morgan County Schools

Oneida Special School District

Roane County Schools

Union County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee State University

jhayne27@tnstate.edu

Alamo City Schools

Bedford County Schools

Cheatham County Schools

Clay County Schools

Decatur County Schools

Fayetteville City Schools

Frayser Community Schools

Germantown Municipal Schools

Greeneville City Schools

Marshall County Schools

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Moore County Schools

Purpose Prep Academy

Rutherford County Schools

Shelby County Schools

Sumner County Schools

Tipton County Schools

Williamson County Schools

Wilson County Schools

Tusculum University

thunsader@tusculum.edu

Greene County Schools

Hawkins County Schools

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dcihak@utk.edu

tmoorepa@utk.edu

Blount County Schools

Knox County Schools

Monroe County Schools

Shelby County Schools

University of Tennessee at Martin

Sfuqua2@utm.edu

Benton County Schools

Dyer County Schools

Dyersburg City Schools

Haywood County Schools

Lauderdale County Schools

McKenzie Special District

Obion County Schools

Paris Special School District

Weakley County Schools

With questions about the Grow Your Own competitive grants, please contact Ben.Gagne-Maynard@tn.gov .