Pathways to Teaching Project

For Refugees and Immigrants in the U.S.

Do you identify as someone with refugee/immigrant experience? Would you like to become a teacher in the U.S.?

The Pathways to Teaching Project (PTP) seeks to increase the diversity of the U.S. teacher workforce by supporting adults with refugee/(im)migrant backgrounds in joining the teaching profession.

Participants are members of an online community of practice that supports resource sharing, dialogue, and both individual and collective growth alongside peers, mentors, and facilitators in your region and from across the U.S.

We welcomed our inaugural cohort of project fellows in fall 2023. We hope to have opportunities to welcome further members in the future.

PTP Fellows will:

  • explore teaching career pathways and certification/degree requirements in targeted states/regions across the U.S
  • learn (more) about U.S. school systems, education trends, and teaching methods
  • share their cross-cultural and transnational teaching and learning experiences with others
  • earn micro-credentials (digital badges or certificates showing their skills and competencies)
  • build a network of support to reach their goals
  • create their own personalized career plan
  • advocate for U.S. school systems to be more welcoming, inclusive, safe, culturally sustaining, joyful, and equitable for teachers, students, and families of diverse cultural and linguistic experience

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Structure of the Project:

9 months long: starting in late October, 2023 and ending in July/August, 2024

Online community of practice: regular gatherings, workshops, and other events online

Possible local or regional events in person with project partners or informally with other fellows/participants in your area

Expected time commitment per month: 10-12 hours each month

Small fellowship financial awards or stipends to support your online participation and contributions to the project (payments of $400 in March and $400 in August)

Free materials and coaching supports, including: an online foundations of education course with a certificate of completion, a downloadable/printable handbook, templates for building a resumé and portfolio, mentors and coaches to answer your questions, opportunities to earn micro-credentials, a community of support, and more

Download a Project Flyer


Contact Julie Kasper, Director of Teacher Learning and Leadership: