Case Study

Tapping the Talent We Already Have: Memphis-Shelby County Schools and Relay

September 21, 2023
Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Teacher Preparation
Relay Graduate School of Education

Like many districts around the country, Memphis-Shelby County Schools is contending with a teacher shortage. But far from seeing only a challenge, they also see the opportunity: to create a pipeline of effective teachers sourced from their district community, well-prepared and excited about the chance to teach Memphis-area students. They are also want to increase the number of teachers of color, to ensure every student learns both from educators who look like them and those with diverse experiences.

In 2019, Memphis-Shelby County Schools formally partnered with Relay Graduate School of Education to establish a 'Grow Your Own' type teacher residency program. In just three pages, learn what that partnership looked like.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay Graduate School of Education is an accredited not-for-profit institution of higher education serving thousands of teachers and education leaders across the country. Our mission is to ensure that all students are taught by excellent educators, to build a more just world where every student has a clear path to a fulfilling life.