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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

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

Lincoln Memorial University

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

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Tennessee State University

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

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

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Hamilton County Schools
Marion County Schools

University of Tennessee Knoxville

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 April 2021,  the Tennessee Department of Education announced $2 million for round two of competitive Grow Your Own grants to help remove barriers and increase access to the education field for prospective teachers in Tennessee. You may read more about this second round of competitive grant awards here.

The application deadline is May 7, 2021 for Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) who wish to participate in this second round of grant applications. 

Application requirements and additional information are available here