Research suggests that nationwide, three out of every 10 students drop out of high school. For students of color, the statistics are most alarming and for African Americans, that number is near half and growing.

Leaders at Teach Tomorrow in Oakland – TTO – believe that the community must build its own educator recruitment and development pipeline so students of color connect with adults with common experiences and all students understand that diverse groups of people disseminate knowledge.

TTO – a partnership created between Oakland Mayor Dellums’ office and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) – is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the City.   In its continued effort to diversify Oakland’s teaching workforce, TTO is engaging in a focused, year-round teacher recruitment effort specifically aimed to secure Latino/a’s and STEM (science, technology,engineering, and mathematics) four-year college graduates of color, or soon-to-be graduates.

“Great committed teachers are important in youth development and are the backbone of community stability. Not only do teachers make a significant different in the lives of children, but they create lasting bonds with parents and caregivers, educational organizations and like-minded professionals,” shares Program Manager Rachelle Rogers Ard.  Additionally, teaching has a host other benefits.  Instead of working year-round, teachers can choose to work nine-months out of the year and at the same time receive a comprehensive health benefit package.

 

TTO is committed to leveling the playing field by recruiting a diverse pool of high-quality, prospective teachers who will ensure that all students achieve at high levels, commit to intensive and continuous professional development, and who will make a five-year commitment to teaching within OUSD.  Recruits are given full support to navigate the pathway to credentialing which includes test preparation, tutoring, placement assistance and continuous professional development.

Within its model, TTO provides intensive instructional and classroom management training, individualized tutoring for CBEST/CSET passage, support obtaining the teaching credential throughout the first five years of teaching, and guidancethroughout the OUSD hiring process.

The next TTO recruitment events are Thursdays, October 10th and November 14, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, Room 107.

To date, TTO has placed more than 100 teachers; 79% are currently working in OUSD.  Since 2008, TTO has operated under generous funding from the Teel Family Foundation, the Federal Transition to Teach program, and the Packard Foundation.

Individuals interested attending one of the upcoming teacher recruitment fairs to learn more about entering the OUSD potential teacher pool are asked to register by calling 510.273.2339.

 

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