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Educator Apprenticeship DEIA Rubric

At A Glance

JFF has created this rubric to guide program design and implementation for Educator Apprenticeships to create a more diverse and better prepared education workforce that will benefit students, teachers, and districts.  

Jonathan Payne Director
Haley Press Program Manager, JFF
MK Sagaria-Barritt Senior Manager, Special Projects, CareerWise Colorado;
Rebecca Hollister Subject Matter Expert and Project Leader, Institute for American Apprenticeships


The United States has been facing a teacher shortage crisis for the past two decades, which was exacerbated by the pandemic and continues to worsen. One significant cause of the shortage is the lack of diversity in the K-12 teaching workforce, making teacher shortages worse and contributing to lower student outcomes, especially for students of color.  


In response to the teacher shortage crisis, Educator Apprenticeship (EA) programs are growing across the country, EA’s broaden access to education careers creating the potential to significantly diversify the profession, which research shows will improve outcomes for all students. JFF’s EA DEIA Rubric is designed to help ensure that EAs live up to this potential by using the rubric at the program design and implementation level (state, regional, district) to create an intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA).  


Benefits of Anchoring EA in DEIA  

For Educator Apprentices  

  • Provides a more affordable option, bringing in a broader array of candidates 
  • Provides stronger training and support, raising completion rates  
  • Increases workplace diversity and inclusivity, leading to higher job satisfaction  

For Students  

  • Academic and nonacademic improvements for students of color  
  • Exposes all students to a diverse group of positive role models  
  • Prepares all students to live and work in a democratic, inclusive, and global society  

For Districts  

  • Saves districts money by lowering teacher turnover  
  • Improves student outcomes through higher teacher efficacy and retention  
  • Encourages local recruitment, increasing alignment with student demographics  
  • Supports cultural competency, the capacity of educators to serve students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Registered Apprenticeship

Because Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs provide high-quality job training and can be a springboard to family-supporting jobs, many hold the assumption that these programs alone are enough to diversify the workforce and improve equity, inclusion, and accessibility.


The Current State of Diversity and Equity in U.S. Apprenticeships For Young People

Registered Apprenticeship (RA) offers a promising pathway to well-paid work in industries with ample room for professional and salary growth. People who complete Registered Apprenticeships earn average starting salaries of $77,000, and their average lifetime earnings outpace those of their peers by more than $300,000...


The Power of DEIA in Apprenticeships

Jobs for the Future Director Joshua Johnson was a guest on a recent episode of the TechEd Podcast titled “The Power of DEIA in Apprenticeships.” The director of JFF’s National Innovation Hub for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Registered Apprenticeship, Johnson discussed his team’s goal of helping employers across the country build Registered Apprenticeship programs and sign a pledge of commitment to DEIA within these programs.