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November 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

State Education Department Launches First-of-Its-Kind Teacher Recruitment

State education leaders announced that the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) will soon spearhead a new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the city’s educator pool. The pilot –which is the first of its kind in the nation -is a partnership between the state Department of Education (PDE), SDP, seven area colleges and universities, and local education and youth organizations.

"Aspiring to Educate will help Pennsylvania attract, recruit, train and retain a new generation of teachers and school leaders," Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said during the announcement at the Community College of Philadelphia. "It will not only help the commonwealth address the shortage of educators and the lack of diversity in the teacher pipeline but will also provide a career pathway for students into the teaching profession."



<a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. William Hite, the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Noe Ortega, Pennsylvania deputy secretary for post secondary and higher education, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Noe Ortega, Pennsylvania deputy secretary for post secondary and higher education, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. William Hite, the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Noe Ortega, Pennsylvania deputy secretary for post secondary and higher education, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Noe Ortega, Pennsylvania deputy secretary for post secondary and higher education, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dr. William Hite, the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_015.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_016.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Noe Ortega, Pennsylvania deputy secretary for post secondary and higher education, speaks during a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_017.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, right, speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_018.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, right, speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_019.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development, right, speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_020.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; Dr Katherine Norris, professor at West Chester University; Dr. Kathleen McCladdie, the principal of the Parkway West High School; Dr. Cheryl Neale-McFall, interim dean of the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University; and Saxon Nelson, special assistant to the deputy secretary of postsecondary and higher education; smile together before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_021.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_022.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17592_EDU_Aspiring_NK_023.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera speaks before a press conference, announcing the School District of Philadelphia's new pilot program, Aspiring to Educate, that aims to cultivate and diversify the citys educator pool, inside Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Business and Industry on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.