• GISD's G.R.E.A.T Program

    GISD Recognizes and Elevates Aspiring Teachers

    The application window for Cohort 1 closed April 17.

    WHAT IS G.R.E.A.T.?

    In partnership with Teachworthy and Indiana Wesleyan University, GISD’s G.R.E.A.T. program provides innovative pathways that support paraprofessionals in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree and teacher certification while working as classroom instructors. While in the program, members will be placed into a classroom under the guidance of a certified teaching mentor, earn college credit through participating in professional learning alongside certified teachers, and receive increased compensation while working toward a degree and teacher certification. 


    • must participate in an informational session
    • must be a current, full-time paraprofessional in GISD and be in good standing with the district
    • must have some college credit hours already (minimum 50 hours for the 1st cohort)
    • receive a principal recommendation
    • applicant seeks a certification area that is determined as a high-needs area in GISD


    • successfully complete Teachworthy pedagogy modules before the following school year
    • apply as a Classroom Instructor for GISD teacher vacancies
    • complete specified GISD coursework
    • collaborate with a Mentor
    • complete college coursework with Indiana Wesleyan University
    • pass required exams for certifications to transition to intern position at full teacher pay

    This program is offered in partnership with:

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