Opening Pathways for Students of Color into Teaching as a Career Connecting Campus to Community through Family Engagement
Opening Pathways for Students of Color into Teaching as a Career
Connecting Campus to Community through Family Engagement
Kick Off Event
November 5, 2016 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Who: UNLV Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Project Management Team; UNLV's College of Education Dean's Office staff; Teaching and Learning Department faculty and students; other UNLV students, faculty, and, staff; CCSD leadership, high school principals, teachers, students, parents/families; local and state elected officials and other education stakeholders.
What: Welcome event for key participants in the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Project, meet and greet, project overview/orientation, Q&A
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: UNLV Campus, Bennett Professional Development Center (BDC) building, near Paradise Elementary School
For More Information: Ms. Kelsey Hand, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, UNLV College of Education Dean's Office, 702-895-3375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Funded ($335,000) through the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) Great Teaching and Leading Fund (GTLF) from August 2016-2017, the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into the Teaching Profession: Giving Back to the Community through Teaching project seeks to:
Funded through the Nevada Department of Education Great Teaching and Leading Fund Project ($335,000) from August 2016-2017, the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into the Teaching Profession has a three-pronged focus. Prong one focuses on research, prong two on recruitment, and prong three on registration.
With respect to research, the project will seek to understand why high school and college students of color are/are not interested in teaching as a profession, as well as what might build/incentivize their interest in becoming teachers. Building off of research results, project recruitment and registration efforts will bring together Clark County School District (CCSD) high school students of color, their parents/families, teachers, administrators and other licensed school personnel, as well as UNLV undergraduate college students of color to collaboratively chart a path from high school graduation, through college application and admission, to acceptance, enrollment, and successful transition into a teacher preparation/licensure major, and, finally, through college graduation and into teaching as a career, dedicating the first 3-5 five years of that career to teaching in the Clark County School District.
Consistent with the Teacher Education and Recruitment priority area and purposes of the Nevada Department of Education's (NDE) Great Teaching and Leading Fund (GTLF), the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project prioritizes recruitment, selection, preparation, and retention of effective teachers by identifying teacher candidates who, as students themselves, have had the experience of having to develop English language and literacy, often absent teachers with the cultural competency required to meet their social, emotional and academic needs.
The project management team will undertake an initial survey and follow up focus group interviews with high school students of color, their parents, and college students of color to learn about and support their interest in teaching as a career for themselves and/or, where relevant, for their children.
Collaboratively with students, families, and school personnel, the project management team will establish an "Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathway" project in 6 CCSD high schools with high enrollments and high percentages of students of color. Project "cohort meetings" will be held once a week at each school site during the school day, and once a month (with all 6 schools' participants together) at different community locations around the city on the weekend to facilitate parental/family involvement. Project-involved in-service teachers and other administrative/licensed school personnel will be supported by the project management team in building/augmenting comprehensive cultural competency.
Through a half-day recognition ceremony held in the College of Education on the UNLV campus, the project management team will:
The bridge project will support students for their first two years in the teacher preparation/licensure project. As teacher candidates, the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project graduates will be academically supported through high-quality curriculum and instruction in courses of study that further prepare them to meet state academic standards in English language development and literacy and in extending their own cultural competency (are able to understand the challenges, but also the cultural and linguistic assets/strengths that all students bring to classroom and school communities) to ensure, as teachers, they can meet the social, emotional and academic needs of students like themselves, as well as students from other underserved populations.