The Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been chosen to receive Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color (WW-RBF) beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. This designation allows the program to nominate two undergraduate students of color from UCSB for $30,000 fellowships and allow WW-RBF fellows from UCSB and other areas of the country to come to UCSB. The Teacher Education Program was chosen as one of only 29 campuses for this honor from a pool of 159 applicants. Dean Jane Close Conoley of the Gevirtz School says, “The choice is a testament to the faculty’s hard work in creating a teacher education program that is a national model.”
The goal of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely near 50%. This Fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country.
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in five content areas), the Level I Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credential, and an M.Ed. degree. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each, and the special education cohort no larger than 15. Candidates are placed in partner K-12 schools throughout the 9-month academic year, student teaching in the morning and attending university classes in the afternoon/evening. The Teacher Education Program is unique in that many of its faculty both supervise candidates in the field and teach university courses. The result is a cohesive, well-articulated program of study that takes candidates through each developmental phase of learning to teach.
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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