CREATE residents report lower levels of teacher burnout, higher levels of self-compassion and higher levels of stress management in teaching, relative to the comparison group teachers (source).
89% of a recent cohort of CREATE reported being very or extremely confident in their understanding of race- and equity-related concepts in schools, compared to 67% of comparison teachers (source).
An external evaluation found a positive and statistically significant impact of CREATE on teacher retention for Black educators. Specifically, 96% of Black educators in CREATE continued into their second year of teaching, compared to 63% of Black educators in a comparison group (source).
“On the record…I just want to say CREATE is an amazing program. I’m not paid to say that. I truly feel like I have grown, especially coming from a place where I felt like I didn’t need this work.
CREATE Alumni Participant
The CREATE Project and Atlanta Public Schools have partnered for over a decade to educate, support and retain teachers in Atlanta.
“I feel like the education program [GSU] and CREATE worked very well together. So I feel like it’s been building to prepare us and overall I just feel very well prepared.”
2023 CREATE Resident
“Because as teachers or educators, we’re so busy doing the stuff that we don’t always get to have those conversations. So I think, CREATE trainings make you slow down, make you take a breath and then make you think about other people and challenge your thoughts.”
CREATE PD participant
“So, to be able to get us in that mindset of allowing another person to come in and be you, teach what you do, and being able to let go and let them do it, yeah. That was pretty good. Helping us to understand how important it was to the student teacher [too].
The CREATE Project is a partnership between Georgia State University and Atlanta Public Schools.
This project serves teacher candidates from the university as they move into the field of teaching at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), with the aim of supporting critically conscious, compassionate and highly skilled educators dedicated to practices of teaching that prioritize deep joy and thriving in schools.
CREATE approaches this work with five goals in mind:
- recruit, support and retain early career educators
- design and enact transformative learning experiences and professional development opportunities for experienced educators in the schools where CREATE residents are placed, and to the district and community at large
- sustain effective and financially viable models for educator recruitment, support and retention
- ensure all research efforts are designed to benefit partner organizations and support useful dissemination
- ensure the CREATE Project remains focused on the realization of its mission and vision via a culture of continuous improvement, transparency and freedom dreaming