School’s bold new ‘Teacher Pledge’ program garners substantial media coverage

Media outlets around the Madison area, across the state of Wisconsin, and even in different parts of the country have reported on the UW–Madison School of Education’s bold new Teacher Pledge program.

The Teacher Pledge is part the School of Education’s Impact 2030 initiative, announced on Aug. 18. The program “pledges” to provide financial support — including up to in-state tuition, fees, and testing certification costs — for students enrolled in one of the School’s teacher education programs.

In return, after graduating the students “pledge” to teach for three or four years at a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school in Wisconsin. Students who go on to teach in a high-need district or in a high-need subject area will fulfill their obligation in three years, while all others will do so in four.

The Teacher Pledge program is supported entirely via $18 million in donor funds. Over the next five years, the Teacher Pledge is expected to support more than 1,500 students in the School’s teacher education programs.

Following is a list of the media outlets that have reported on the Teacher Pledge program: