Teachers Who Reflect Their Students
Seed Teachers, a new program by Degrees of Change, Tacoma Public Schools, Franklin Pierce School District, and Pacific Lutheran University, offers diverse Pierce County students a cohort-based, debt-free path to their college degree and teacher certification—all leading to a high-impact teaching job back in their home community.
How It Works
PATHWAY TO A DEBT-FREE COLLEGE DEGREE
Seed Teachers scholars receive an exceptional scholarship package at Pacific Lutheran University that meets their full financial need with no more than $5,000 in loans each year. Paired with a job at their school district where students earn more than they borrow, scholars can obtain their college degree and teacher certificate without student debt.
PAID WORK IN SCHOOLS THROUGH COLLEGE
Scholars get paid to work with students in their school district throughout their college experience. Each year, scholars gain more experience and develop their skills, preparing them be high-impact teachers who make a difference for students every day.
COHORT-BASED SUPPORT AND MENTORING
Scholars journey through college together in cadres of 15-20, meeting together monthly for professional development and community building. Cadres are supported by a dedicated Degrees of Change program director and mentors from their school district and Pacific Lutheran University.