San Diego Partnership Targets Teacher Shortage

May 5, 2019 by

Students at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San Diego work on a class project....

Credit: Courtesy of National University

Above: Students at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San Diego work on a class project. National University came to Gompers to announced its new initiative called The Teacher Pathway Inclusion Program. April 24, 2019.

Teacher shortages are still widespread in California, and a report from the Learning Policy Institute said access to qualified teachers is growing worse in many communities.

In response, National University has launched a coordinated effort with the San Diego Unified School District and community colleges to address the shortage in the areas of the county that have the greatest need for teachers.

The most critical need, to attract and keep qualified teachers, is found in socio-economically challenged areas of San Diego County.

National University’s new initiative, the Teacher Pathway Inclusion Program, is designed to recruit students from the kind of communities they’re trying to benefit.

“The highest achieving students from these communities are tending to go into other disciplines and we need them to go into education, and then make a commitment to go back to their communities,” said David Andrews, president of National University.

“Not just to be great teachers, but to be community leaders and great role models for the students in those schools,” he said.

First piloted by San Diego’s Gompers Preparatory Academy, the program also addresses the need for access to teachers from diverse backgrounds.

Source: San Diego Partnership Targets Teacher Shortage | KPBS

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