A teacher residency pathway in partnership between California State University, Bakersfield and the Greenfield Union School District
This webinar will share detailed information about one teacher residency pathway, the Kern Teacher Residency-Greenfield program. Formed in 2017, this residency pathway is funded through district LCAP funds which provide resident stipends, mentor teacher stipends, a school district administrator to coordinate the program, and in-kind support from instructional specialists. Key components of the residency program will be shared including joint (university and district) resident and mentor selection, monthly mentor teacher meetings, and efforts towards course and clinical practice alignment. The district will share the value in investing district funds in the teacher residency program and the transformative nature of sharing responsibility for teacher preparation.
This webinar will begin with a brief overview of current staffing trends in California’s PK-12 public schools with a focus on the impact that teacher shortages and diversity gaps have on students. Presenters will then describe strategies, including “developmental advising,” financial aid, and campaigns targeting high school and community college students that have proven effective in increasing the enrollment and diversity of candidates applying for credential programs.
- Diversity gaps between California’s PK-12 teachers and students
- Why teacher-student diversity gaps matter
- Strategies for closing the diversity gaps
- Effective advising as a recruitment tool: what it looks like and strategies for achieving it
- Nomination campaigns and celebration of teaching events that target high school and community college students
- A brief look ahead at upcoming diversity-focused webinars