Community ISD was awarded a 2019-2021 TEA Grow Your Own (GYO) Grant. CISD's GYO Application included requests for both Pathway 1 and Pathway 2.
Pathway 1 provides financial support for re-establishing the Education & Training Program of Study at CHS, tools and strategies for developong a Dual Credit Education & Training Program of Study in partnership with an IHE, and financial support to establish a required Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) Chapter.
Students who enroll in the GYO Education & Training Program will:
- be selected through a unique application process to include application, interview, and achievement of satisfactory scores on the TSI assessment as required for enrollment in college level English or Math courses, or enrollment in college and career readiness courses and TSI tutorials to assist students in becoming college ready;
- be expected to become an active member of the CHS TAFE Chapter and participate in competitive events throughout the duration of the GYO program;
- pursue dual credit courses that will enable a student to become "core complete" and/or earn an Associates of Arts in Teaching prior to graduation from high school;
- participate in work-based learning activities such as job site tours, college tours, job shadowing, internships, and practicums, beginning in the 9th grade and continuing throughout each year of the program;
- maintain a minimum of a 3.0 in all dual credit and high school credit courses;
- maintain an attendance rate of 90% or greater or participate in make-up hours as prescribed by the school district; and,
- demonstrate the "Traits of a Brave" (GENEROUS, HUMBLE, PASSIONATE, WISE) daily in interactions with other staff members, students, and the community.
Pathway 2 provides financial support for current CISD Paraprofessionals, Educational Aides, and Substitute Teachers who desire to become a certified teacher followed by full time employment in CISD as a teacher in hard to fill content areas such as bilingual education, science, math, and many career and technical education programs of study such as health professions, auto mechanics, etc.
GYO teacher candidates who commit to completion of a bachelors degree and teacher certification no later than May of 2021 will receive a $10,000 stipend paid over 2 years directly to the candidate while they complete the degree and certification.
GYO teacher candidates who commit to completion of a teacher certification no later than May of 2021 will receive a $5,000 stipend paid over the course of 2 years directly to the candidate while they complete the certification.
Both types of candidates must meet the following requirements:
- completion of their course of study prior to the expiration of the grant in May 2021;
- academic and certification progress checks periodically throughout the duration of the grant;
- must currently be an employee of the district (paraprofessional, substitute teacher, educational aide or other staff member);
- agree to attend prescribed professional development and GYO learning community meetings as scheduled monthly throughout the duration of the grant;
- agree to remain employed by CISD throughout the duration of the grant; and,
- upon acceptance of a full-time CISD teaching assignment after candidate completes teacher certification program of study, GYO teacher agrees to remain employed with CISD for the prescribed amount of time agreed upon in the GYO memorandum of understanding.
Although the goal of the CISD Grow Your Own Program is to expand the high quality teaching staff all across Community ISD, the school district may not be able to guarantee employment at the conclustion of the candidates education and certification plan. Should a suitable position become available and the GYO candidate submits an application for employment to the district, CISD agrees to prioritize the GYO candidate's application and provide an interview.