Program Overview

The Importance of Teacher Academy

Every student in Michigan deserves and should have excellent teachers. We believe that great teachers can positively impact the lives of students, families, and communities. Unfortunately, Michigan has a shortage of highly qualified teachers which means many students don't have access to the education they deserve. This is especially true in economically disadvantaged and racially diverse communities, and is why we work to make sure that a highly trained and diverse workforce of teachers is ready to lead Michigan classrooms. 

Our Approach

We recruit a diverse group of 11th and 12th grade students who are excited about careers in education. Our students are partnered with mentor teachers across Kent ISD and serve as student teachers in all kinds of subjects, settings, and grade levels. Students receive ongoing training, support, and evaluation from the Tech Center during their time in local classrooms. After successfully completing the program, students are well prepared to be classroom paraprofessionals and can be eligible for college credit.

Program Highlights

Student-teachers in the program:

  • Participate in a weekly course at KCTC to develop skills in classroom management, instructional planning, and instructional delivery
  • Get actual classroom experience in a range of subjects, settings, and grade levels
  • Can be eligible to receive college credit
  • Get experience in a range of settings, and do not need their own transportation to participate in the program