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RTI International and partners to improve K-12 teacher pipeline by bolstering Registered Apprenticeship programs in education

The work is part of a broader effort administered by the US Department of Labor to promote Registered Apprenticeships in emerging industries

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, has received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor to help develop a robust pipeline of teachers and other staff in the K-12 education sector. RTI has been funded to lead the Educator Registered Apprenticeship (ERA) Intermediary in partnership with New America's Education Policy Program, TEACHMEducation Services and WestEd.

The ERA Intermediary will provide comprehensive and customized technical assistance to develop and scale Registered Apprenticeship programs in the education sector. It will aim to increase awareness and scale of the programs, which offer a combination of paid on-the-job learning and related technical instruction to participants.

“Registered apprenticeships offer a path to improving the talent pipeline in the K-12 education system by helping participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the teaching profession,” said Dr. Elizabeth Standafer, a senior education research analyst at RTI and ERA Intermediary director. “We look forward to strengthening these programs and in turn meeting the increasing demand for skilled teaching professionals.”

RTI and its partners will also be responsible for identifying implementation challenges and opportunities in the application of Registered Apprenticeship to the education sector by providing experts, resources, and access to opportunities for professional learning.

“Educator apprenticeships are a vehicle for our community to support teacher growth and retain local talent,” said Kristie Sauls, executive director of apprenticeship at Wayne Community College in Eastern North Carolina, which sponsors an educator apprenticeship.  “This training will be a game-changer for us as we recruit and support our new teachers.”

The work is part of a broader effort administered by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to scale Registered Apprenticeships in current and emerging industries.

To learn more about the project, contact educatorapprenticeships@rti.org.

View related DOL press release