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BenchK12 and the American Association for Employment in Education Partner to Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

November 29, 2022

School districts and non-profits will gain access to mini-grants to help launch or support programs.

Minneapolis, Minnesota — Nov. 29, 2022BenchK12, an education technology start-up that is building software-as-a-service to transform teacher credentialing processes in the K12 sector, is now partnering with the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) to help improve the teacher pipeline. 

As the exclusive sponsor of the AAEE’s pipeline mini-grant program, BenchK12 is excited to team up with a notable partner in education to support increasing interest in the teaching profession; increasing the supply of teachers; and increasing the diversity of teachers in schools nationwide. AAEE is a leading organization connecting higher education professionals with school systems across America and abroad through exclusive resources and networking opportunities. 

The partnership provides school districts, and, for the first time, non-profit organizations with access to mini-grants to help launch or fund programs that aim to attract and support more individuals into teaching careers. This is a critical contribution in light of the ongoing nationwide teacher shortages. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity to partner with the AAEE,” said BenchK12’s Founder and President, Brooke Barrett. “It’s critical that we work together to find innovative ways to attract and sustain talented individuals into teaching careers. Those who are working on the ground in districts and non-profits devoted to supporting them are those with the most relevant ideas and experience. We hope that these grants and the outcomes of them can highlight what is working.” 

The 2022-2023 pipeline mini-grant program launches on November 29, 2022. Four grants valued at $500 each are available to school districts, while two grants of the same amount are available for the first time to non-profit entities addressing issues related to the scope of the program.

Tim Neubert, Executive Director at the AAEE, stated, “Expanding the mini-grant program to also include funds for non-profit organizations in the education space that want to impact change is a welcome addition. The more innovative efforts we can support in these critical times, the better.”

If you are interested in learning more about applying for a mini-grant or to see past awardees, please visit

About BenchK12 

BenchK12 is the future of work for K12 educators, starting with substitute teachers. We remove the friction from the educator credentialing process to solve the teacher shortage and we support teachers once they are in the classroom with modern technology to help them advance their careers and ensure student success.

About the American Association for Employment in Education

Founded in 1934, the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) provides resources and networking opportunities to connect higher education and school systems, both nationally and internationally. AAEE is a resource and liaison to education professionals, facilitating quality PK-12 hiring practices.

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