New Certification Pathways to Support Educator Excellence and Equity

By using nontraditional certification pathways, states and districts can attract, support, and retain a more diverse educator workforce, resulting in increased student success. Westat staff member Darcy Pietryka, along with national experts in human resources, educator preparation, and educator equity, presented on this topic at the 81st Annual American Association of School Personnel Administrator (AASPA) conference earlier this month.

Ms. Pietryka participated in a panel session titled, Staffing Teachers from Nontraditional Pathways: An Effective HR Strategy to Open the Four Walls of Schools for Ensuring Equity and Performance Excellence in the Classroom.

With audience participation in a data-informed format, Ms. Pietryka and other presenters discussed successful human capital approaches for

  • Addressing teacher staffing challenges with a lens on equity
  • Improving student and faculty performance by strategically recruiting, inducting, supporting, and advancing teachers from nontraditional pathways of experience and preparation

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