Teacher Pathway Inclusion program announced to get students into teaching profession
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the wake of a statewide and national teacher shortage, which includes teachers of color, a local program to get more students into the teaching profession, was announced today.
What’s more, the announcement took place at a charter school that played a key role in developing the program.
A year ago, National University, which leads California in the number of students seeking their teacher credential, began working with Gompers Preparatory Academy on a pilot program with an eye on developing a pipeline model countywide.
Wednesday morning, in the Gompers library, the announcement that the Teacher Pathway Inclusion Program has been launched. It includes San Diego City Schools, the County Office of Education and Mesa College. And the principle components include a streamlined educational pathway that involve financial and other support and the ability to get a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential at the same time.
National University President Dr. David Andrews told the gathering of educators and local officials: “The notion of a pipeline is important. We have to be supportive of the teacher all along the way, financially and emotionally and we need to ensure that their experience makes them better in relating in the classroom so they can move the students forward.”
Former Gomper’s student Jameia Johnson, currently at Southwestern College, and headed to National University, is a pilot program success story. She told me, “Just being an african-american, I need teachers to be understanding, knowing where i’m coming from, just have that one on one connection.”
At some point, the program (pipeline) likely will be expanded, state and nationwide.