Exploring the Impact of a Grow Your Own Teachers Program

Nykela Jackson, Donna Wake


This study investigated the impact of a Grow-Your-Own (GYO) program on high school students’ interests in teaching. Participants included 173 GYO students in a concurrent enrollment introductory education course. To explore the GYO’s impact, survey results were compared to a sample of 297 traditional college students in a parallel curriculum. A two-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) showed GYO students’ plans to pursue teaching were positively impacted, with participants citing altruistic motivators. The GYO program also enrolled higher percentages of students of color, indicating the potential for diversifying the profession.


experiential learning, experiential education, transformative education, grow your own program; teacher pathways

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