District-university partnerships tackle workforce challenges

By Ash Vasudeva
Categories: Career pathways, Mentoring & induction
June 2023
When Betsy Hargrove, superintendent of Avondale Elementary School District in Arizona, bumped into one of her district’s teacher candidates in the local Home Depot checkout line, she realized she had a bigger problem than home repairs. The teacher candidate wasn’t buying material for a DIY project — he was working the cash register. “I realized then that we needed a better way to support teacher candidates,” she said. “They shouldn’t have to juggle a part-time job to make ends meet while they finish their degree program and complete their student teaching in our classrooms.” Fortunately, Hargrove had forged a close partnership with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton College of Education and volunteered the district to be a pilot site for the university’s Next Education

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Gomez, L.M., Biag, M., Imig, D.G., Hitz, R., & Tozer, S. (Eds.). (2023). Improving America’s schools together. Rowman & Littlefield.

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Ash Vasudeva ( is senior vice president of strategic initiatives at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and president of the Learning Forward board of trustees.

Categories: Career pathways, Mentoring & induction

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