November 20, 2019
- Philadelphia, PA
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."