SFUSD recruits potential bilingual Spanish educators for innovative teaching credential program
February 7, 2018
January 30, 2018 (San Francisco, CA) - As a diversity driven district, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is recruiting for the second year of Pathway for Teaching program, focusing on training Bilingual Spanish and Special Education teachers for the city’s highest-need schools and subject areas.
Now accepting applications and nominations, SFUSD Pathway to Teaching program aims to recruit community members who wish to become a teacher, but who might not have the flexibility to leave their current job for retraining without financial support. The one-year credentialing program is designed to be affordable and accessible, allowing new teachers to earn a full salary as they earn their credential.
“In our first year, we saw a lot of interest from individuals who are already working in our school communities as paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, or after-school service providers,” Brent Stephens, Chief Academic Officer for SFUSD, says. “This year we’re hoping to build and expand on our local talent. We encourage applications from people in our community who are committed to providing culturally and linguistically relevant learning experiences for our San Francisco students.”
Applicants who pass the selection process will participate in an intensive training program next spring and summer. Beginning next school year, these new teachers will lead their own classrooms with coaching from an expert teacher and extensive coursework. At the end of the school year, those who demonstrate success in the classroom will be recommended for their preliminary teaching credential, continue working in SFUSD and complete two more years of formal induction coaching and support.
“Pathway has given me a beautiful experience with my class,” said Bilingual Pathway teacher Stephanie Suarez. “As I learn with them I am also comprehending why we do certain tasks. Seeing my students grow as well as seeing my cohort grow as teachers has been the greatest motivation! “
Last year, the program’s inaugural year, Pathway for Teaching exceeded its goal of recruiting diverse teachers who mirror the diversity of the communities they serve. Almost half the teachers trained were teachers of color—including 33 percent who identified as Latino.
To apply or find out further information, visit www.sfusdpathwaytoteaching.org.
Application deadline is Monday, February 19th.