Encouraging. Educating. Empowering.

The mission of the Consortium for Future Educators at UCF is to bring district leaders, lead teachers, administrative teams and post-secondary education supporters together to share best practices as it relates to the creation, growth and results of high school teaching academies.

Alignment of these best practices with key stakeholders will support the creation of shared resources, ideas and a strong network to build a community of practice that develops future teachers and supports recruitment and retention efforts with university partners.

River Ridge High School Students from the Teaching Academy

About Us

UCF’s Consortium for Future Educators supports each district’s unique high school teacher academy, or grow-your-own initiative, in several ways.

  • Provides a centralized location and source for information sharing between district administrators and lead teachers who are in a variety of program stages from inception, recruitment, program growth and maintenance, and incentivizing hiring after college graduation.
  • Provides relevant and updated research about high school teaching recruitment programs and allows avenues for active research partnerships with UCF as Florida grow-your-own programs mature.
  • Provides opportunities for high school students and lead teachers in grow-your-own programs to attend a teaching conference at UCF with a specially designed track of sessions geared towards the high school curriculum about teaching and learning.

In the News

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UCF Consortium hosts Virtual Professional Learning Community sessions in response to COVID 19

The past several months have gone by in a blur for the world as rushed plans were created in response...
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‘Grow-Your-Own’ Efforts Continue at University of Central Florida

Now in its third year, the University of Central Florida (UCF) Consortium for Future Educators is growing by leaps and...
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Growing Your Own Teachers

Florida needs new teachers. According to the Florida Department of Education, critical teacher shortage areas for the 2019-20 school year...

Our Work

The following depicts the efforts and impact of the consortium’s early work to date:

Hosts bi-annual consortium meetings.
Hosts Future Teachers Conference for high school teaching academy students.
Presents at numerous local, state and national conferences.
Hosts virtual professional learning community meetings in response to COVID-19.

Supports the UCF Teacher Knights induction program for early career teachers.

Coming soon.


Brevard Public Schools
UCF College of Community Innovation and Education
Citrus County Schools
District School Board Of Sumter County
Educators Rising
Florida Department Of Education
Lake County Schools
Lake Sumter State College
Lake Wales Charter Schools
Marion Public County Schools
Martin County School District
Orange County Public Schools
Pasco County Schools
Polk County Public Schools
Sarasota County Schools
School District Of Osceola County FL
Seminole County Public Schools
St Johns County School District
Valencia College
Volusia County Schools