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Educators Rising California Students at Century High School in the News

We’ve been sharing news about the teacher shortage for a while now (see a previous post here). This week EdSource highlighted one of our Educators Rising California schools and how they are working to prepare their students for careers in teaching – and ultimately combat the teacher shortage. Check out our summary below:

When Century High School (Santa Ana, CA) senior Maria Vasquez teaches 1st graders about sentence structure and pronunciation, she “learns so much more from the students than they do from her.” Students in the school’s TEACH Academy are given the unique opportunity to gain hands-on work experience to prepare for careers as teachers. This is not only an excellent way for these high school students to gain real world experience as teachers, but, as educators note, it is also a great way for California schools to funnel students into teaching careers.

Through the TEACH Academy, Century High School students begin gaining experience as sophomores, where they learn skills such as lesson planning and parent correspondence. As juniors they serve as tutors and aides at nearby elementary schools, and as seniors they are paired with graduate students from Cal State Fullerton to further explore careers in teaching. All academy students also take college-level education courses and accrue 15 units of college credit by the time they graduate.

The academy is a part of the Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership, which is funded through a $6 million California Career Pathways Trust grant and is headed by Rancho Santiago Community College District.

Century High School’s TEACH Academy is just one of over 50 education pathways in California high schools.  Janis Perry, lead project specialist at Santiago Canyon college, says, “Students will learn in a robust [teacher pathway] program that will lead to high-wage, high-growth, and high-skill occupations that will help fill California’s anticipated shortage of well-prepared teachers.” Officials estimate that the current academies could eventually add 2,000 – 4,000 teachers annually.

To read the original article by Fermin Leal, please click here

All students in the TEACH Academy are members of Educators Rising California. Project Tomorrow is proud to be a community partner in the OCTPP initiative. Two of Project Tomorrow’s initiatives, YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California, work to combat the issue of the teacher shortage.

YouthTEACH2Learn is a career exploration program where students explore teaching as a career. During the course, the students gain practical experience by observing elementary school classrooms, learning how to teach, developing and teaching standards-based lessons to younger students in neighboring elementary schools and participating in local community service projects. In addition, students also have the opportunity to meet local educators, attend career panels, and visit local college campuses in order to determine if teaching is a “good-fit” for their professional goals. To learn more about YouthTEACH2Learn, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/yt2l.html.

Educators Rising California – Project Tomorrow is the state affiliate for Educators Rising, a national student leadership organization that provides high school students with information and experiential learning opportunities to support their exploration of a teaching career, particularly in teaching science and math, through co-curricular and after-school student clubs. To learn more about Educators Rising, visit https://www.educatorsrising.org/.

Educators Rising California – October Newsletter

We hope the school year is off to a good start and you have had a successful first meeting of your Educators Rising California chapter!
Don’t forget to register your school’s chapter with Educators Rising California. Once you do, you will receive a Chapter Starter Kit and a customized version of our YouthTEACH2Learn curriculum, which is full of lesson plans and activities that you can use throughout the year as you explore careers in teaching. Contact Gregory Nicholson at GNicholson@tomorrow.org for more information.


In case you missed it, Educators Rising California State Director Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow CEO) participated in a webinar about the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future.
Click here to watch a recording of the event and learn more about the potential of technology to transform teaching and improve student learning.

From National

Students and Teacher Leaders, please register for Educators Rising Virtual Campus!
Click here to register
Google Hangouts
Through a series of Google Hangouts, Educators Rising connects students and teacher leaders with education experts and peer leaders for interactive, engaging discussions on high-interest topics.
Up Next: Episode 2: Education Policy 101: How to Be an Empowered Rising Educator
The 2016 National Conference for Educators Rising will be June 24th-27th at Boston University.
More details here: National Conference

Additional Resources

Are you up for the challenge? Our friends at TEACH.org have collected stories from current teachers about how and why they teach. Watch the videos here.
Help students shift back into schoolwork after a summer of fun through these fun math and science apps. Check out this list of apps from the New York Times.
Thank you for your interest and continued support of Educators Rising California!
Be sure to stay updated on all things Educators Rising by visiting our website.

Welcome back to school with YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California!

As students and teachers head back to school, we wish them the very best for a successful year.  The first day of school always brings with it a slew of other “firsts” and new experiences.  For Project Tomorrow and our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative, which seeks to recruit the next great generation of teachers by building new, early career pipelines, 2015-16 is especially remarkable for its “firsts.”  From the first day of teaching for alum from our first YouthTEACH2Learn math class in 2010, to the first day of new YouthTEACH2Learn classes for El Modena High School and Canyon High School in Orange Unified, to the first ever YouthTEACH2Learn Environmental Science course, piloted at San Juan Hills High School, we could not be more excited that the school year is here.
In another first, we just completed the first two days of instruction in a partnership with Loyola Marymount University and the Mathematics Leadership Corps.  Nine AP Calculus high school students from Culver City High School are earning a LMU Extension Certificate as Common Core Math Tutors, and will be providing tutoring during the school day for Algebra I students as part of a pilot of YouthTEACH2Learn.  In the first two days, the students began to learn about the thousands of decisions teachers make every day, from when to question, to listen, to guide, and to model for their students.  At the end of the second day, after role-playing scenarios such as “you are working with a student who only wants the answer to the problem: Solve the system of linear equations 3x – 2y = 12 and –x – 2y = -20,” the instructor asked, “Teaching: easy or hard?”  The students sat in stunned silence.  Like most people, these students had probably not given much thought to the intellectual challenge teaching presents.  Our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative programs, YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California, provide high school students with these challenging experiences so that they will know what teaching is really like, and can experience the rewards of rising to the challenge and making an impact in another student’s life.
Rising to the challenge requires support, so we work to ensure that teachers have the support and resources they need to best meet the needs of the students in our programs.  Project Tomorrow could not do this successfully without the support of our partners and financial contributors.  We are thrilled to acknowledge new support this year for our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative programs from Bank of America, Clovis Unified School District, and the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation.  They join continuing and returning sponsors for 2015-16, such as the Annenberg Foundation, the Green Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, Rancho Santiago Community College District, and the Roosters Foundation.  With their help, we look forward to the challenges, rewards, and successes ahead in 2015-16.

To learn more about YouthTEACH2Learn, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/yt2l.html or click on the logo below.
To learn more about Educators Rising California, visit https://www.educatorsrising.org/ or click on the logo below.

Employment Opportunity: Program Manager — Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative

Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) is a national education nonprofit organization based in Irvine CA. We are currently seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as Program Manager for our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative.    
The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We approach our mission through national research projects, programs that support students’ interests in the teaching and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, online tools and resources for students, teachers, and parents, and national and regional advocacy efforts.

This Program Manager position will be responsible for the management of two initiatives:  the nationally recognized YouthTEACH2Learn (YT2L) school based program and the California Future Educators Association (CFEA) extracurricular clubs. YT2L is a high-impact school program that provides high school students with the opportunity to explore teaching as a career through a specially designed curriculum and classroom teaching experiences (http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/yt2l.html).  CFEA fosters the recruitment and development of a new generation of prospective educators through the establishment of high school clubs to support students’ interest in careers in education (http://www.tomorrow.org/fea/).            

The responsibilities of the Program Manager include the following:

  • Manage all aspects of both the YT2L and CFEA programs including operations, communications, and curriculum and instruction.
  • Maintain at least monthly communication with YT2L and CFEA teachers to identify program needs and provide support for implementation, such as coordinating student teaching experiences at partner elementary schools.
  • Oversee professional development for YT2L and CFEA teachers to improve program implementation and teaching practices.
  • Produce the annual CFEA state conference(s), including implementation of CFEA competitions aligned to national competitions. 
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the expansion of the CFEA chapters and YT2L program sites. 
  • Develop and implement a program evaluation for TTI initiatives.
  • Provide regular communications to TTI constituents, including developing or identifying content, managing social media, and keeping related websites up to date for the portfolio programs.

The key attributes of this position include:

  • Full time position located in our Irvine CA national headquarters office. 
  • Salary based upon experience and qualifications.   
  • Great working environment with a dedicated, enthusiastic team.
  • Ability to start immediately.

We are seeking to interview candidates for this position with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field. 
  • Minimum of three years of successful non-profit program management experience.  Preference is for experience in the K-12 education sector.
  • Teaching experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with curriculum development and/or professional development is preferred, but not required. 
  • Experience in the development and administration of work plans, budgets, and program evaluation.    
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, tasks and deadlines in a high production atmosphere.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking.
  • Experience in building relationships with a wide variety of individuals including teachers, principals, university faculty, students, nonprofit program managers, corporate community relations staff members and other community stakeholders.
  • Strong technology skills, including experience with digital learning tools and content in an instructional setting.
  • Superior organizational skills with strong project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Mature decision-making capabilities.
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for our mission.
  • Exemplary character qualities with strong ethics.
  • If you meet the stated qualifications, please send a cover letter that explains why you are qualified for this position and your current salary requirements, a resume, and contact information for two professional references to: jobs@tomorrow.org

All applicants will be contacted with our decision. Please use the jobs@tomorrow.org e-mail if you have any questions.

Project Tomorrow is an equal opportunity employer.