This paper discusses the opportunity for universities and Professional Development Schools (PDSs) to engage with Future Teachers of America (FTA) clubs and similar groups in secondary schools to ensure the future of the profession. Student leaders and their mentor from an active high school FTA club share their perspectives on the benefits of membership in an active FTA. They aspire to engage in authentic educational experiences through relationships with teacher preparation programs and diverse classroom opportunities. In alignment with the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Nine Essentials, collaboration with FTA clubs is a boundary-spanning opportunity for faculty that will cultivate and advance positive relationships, provide mutually beneficial clinical experiences to a robust and motivated source of potential future educators, and contribute to the research on solutions to teacher shortage.
Ruby, M. F., & Davila, E. (2022). Professional development schools and Future Teachers of America clubs: A promising pipeline. School-University Partnerships, 15(2), 21-28.