The Eastern Illinois University Grow Your Own Project has been developed to focus on rural communities in the south-east central part of the state. The purpose is to develop a regional pipeline for rural communities that have difficulty staffing their schools.
The EIU consortium has been made up of 82 school districts in 5 regional offices of education across 21 counties. The consortium is represented in project governance by an Advisory Council that includes 33 members and meets quarterly (See GYO/EIU Partnership Advisory List).
The primary goal of the EIU/GYO Project is to support paraprofessionals and parent/community leaders from non-traditional backgrounds to become teachers in high need communities. To do that, we work with EIU programs to offer off-campus cohorts that are tailored to working adults who want to be licensed teachers.
If you have questions about Grow Your Own, please contact Dr. Brian Reid (email@example.com ).
"Growing up, I quickly found that rural schools had the sense of community that I knew I needed. I can see the connection the rural teachers have with their students/coworkers, which may be harder to find in a larger school. Since I have started my journey to become a teacher, my passion is to teach in a rural school. I want to get to know my students and their families so I can make sure to have that one-on-one communication and teach to the best of my ability. Teaching my students in a comfortable, family-like environment within my classroom is something I believe can best be done in a rural school."Liberty Watson