CCSSO Applauds Announcement to Support State Efforts to Grow Future Educator Workforce Pipelines

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Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2022) – Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement on today’s announcement of new federal supports to expand the teacher preparation pipeline. 

“State education leaders are leading innovative work to address gaps in the teacher pipeline and ensure that all students have access to excellent teachers throughout their academic career. We applaud the Biden Administration’s announcement today of additional supports for Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs and other strategies through which states can build sustainable teacher preparation efforts.

We are pleased Tennessee Commissioner Penny Schwinn, a member of CCSSO’s Board of Directors, can share more about her state’s program at today’s White House announcement. Tennessee has been a leader in this work, through extensive Grow Your Own programs and their first-in-the-nation Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program. Like Tennessee, states across the country are undertaking bold initiatives to bolster the teacher pipeline over the long term.

We thank leaders at the National Governors Association, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers for their partnership in supporting quality efforts to increase pathways into the teaching profession.

CCSSO will continue our work with our state members and partners in the field to identify best practices and offer information and other support that builds on the technical assistance provided by the departments of Labor and Education.”


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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