The first cohort of the School of Education’s Alternative Route to Teacher Certification (ARTC) program is close to graduating and becoming teachers! The ARTC program represents a strong partnership between Antioch University and the Kent School District. The program works to meet the needs of the district by promoting a “Grow Your Own” model in which paraprofessionals and other classified instructional staff currently working in the district have the opportunity to earn their teacher certification in one calendar year. Students also earn an endorsement in either English Language Learners or in School Library Media (both areas of high need for the district). The program responds to the needs and schedules of KSD paraeducators, with classes offered on site in Kent at times that are most convenient for district professionals.
The first Letter of Intent for the first ARTC cohort was signed this past Friday!Gyna Rios (middle) will be teaching in a dual language classroom at Kent Elementary in the fall. Dr. Rosa Villareal (right) is the principal at Kent Elementary and also serves on Antioch’s Committee of Community Advisors. The School of Education is very excited for Gyna and we are anticipating many more KSD hires as we get closer to fall.