2010 graduates of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara’s Teacher Education Program all received a special gift along with their multiple subject teaching (MST) credentials this June – they were given a copy of Pawsitive Thinking: How to Be Your Pet’s Best Pal. The book, created by the Santa Barbara non-profit C.A.R.E.4Paws, teaches elementary school children about basic animal care and responsible pet ownership. An outgrowth of the organization’s educational program for elementary school children, the book is written by Isabelle Gullö and Carlos Abitia and designed by Kim Carmel.
The creation of the book was supported by the Don and Marilyn Gevirtz Family and the copies of the book, meant to inspire the next generation of elementary school teachers, were provided for the MST graduates thanks to Marilyn Gevirtz.
C.A.R.E.4Paws' mission is to promote responsible pet ownership throughout Santa Barbara County. It creates awareness through educational programs and provides the resources necessary to make spaying and neutering a viable option for all. It collaborates with private and public institutions in the community to decrease the number of dogs that enter shelters and rescue groups as well as to increase adoption rates within these organizations.
UCSB’s Teacher Education Program offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject (in five content areas), the Level I & II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials, 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.
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