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Teacher Diversification Pilot Program Grant

Launched in April 2019, the Teacher Diversification Pilot Program is a state-funded pilot grant program that provides approximately $2 million in competitive funding to support local school and district efforts to strengthen and diversify existing teacher recruitment and retention programs.

The pilot program provides tuition assistance to support enrollment into an approved-educator preparation program and MTEL preparation and examination vouchers to:

  • Paraprofessionals (such as classroom aides) with bachelor's degrees
  • School/District graduates and other college graduates
  • Provisionally licensed teachers

Schools and districts may also use grant funds to enhance teacher recruitment and retention efforts. Specifically, the pilot program supports:

  • High school education pathways
  • Loan repayment reimbursement
  • Relocation allowance
  • Signing bonuses

In an effort to increase effective teacher recruitment and retention, participating pilot schools and districts will be required to review school and district policies and procedures. Pilot schools and districts will also be required to identify the cultural proficiency training needs for district and building leadership, including hiring managers, teachers, and principals. Talent diversification strategies will be developed by pilot districts and schools through their participation in the Teacher Diversification Professional Learning Community.

FY2022 Teacher Diversification Pilot Program RFP

The FY2022 Teacher Diversification Pilot Program RFP is posted. Please send an email to for more information.


Last Updated: June 16, 2021

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