Turn it Around
Grow Your Own Teachers programs are a new and powerful kind of alternative teacher training that combat the high rates of student disengagement and the low-retention rates of urban public schools teachers. Grow Your Own Teachers programs act as pipelines for getting well-trained adults of color into urban schools as quality educators, enabling community members with the cultural competencies and street cred needed to connect with youth and step into schools, doing something outsider teachers have proved incapable of doing: they stay. At the LPA 2013 we created and mobile app as part of the New Media track. Ride High is a mobile app consisting of a series of video episodes that share and connect personal turnkey moments in the lives of people of color, that enable them to see how they are uniquely qualified to be effective teachers.