Provide physical space for future teachers to study, collaborate, network, and get advising from faculty and staff. Could be an advising center as well so staff would be there to provide support and could manage the space.
Website Forms for Students Interested in Teaching
Work with your IT Division to create buttons and forms on your websites that allow you to identify people who are interested in teaching at the undergraduate level (especially for campuses that do not have undergrad programs within their College of Education).
Field Trips to Local Schools
For undergraduates who have attended our Celebration of Teaching Events, we plan to organize field trips to local schools for early structured field experiences. We would bring them to classrooms with teachers who model high impact practices (e.g. eliciting student thinking) to complete structured observations. We would end the field trips with a guided reflection on the observation.
STEM Early Field Experience Pathway
Cal Poly SLO has a STEM Early Field Experience Pathway. You can't choose what you haven't experienced. This pathway lets undergraduates work with kids, then work with kids as a teacher would, and then work in work in actual classrooms with actual students. Here is our pathway:
Learn-by-doing Lab - Undergraduates teach science and engineering to visiting elementary and middle school students
After-school Mentors - Undergraduates teach science and engineering one day a week to… Read more
Assign faculty mentors to students interested in pursuing careers in teaching. Mentors can help mentees with the application process, finding financial aid options, and meet with them throughout their time in the credential program. If possible, mentors are paired with mentees in their specialty area (e.g., multiple subject, single subject, bilingual authorization, special ed, etc.).
Pair future teachers with faculty mentors or TK-12 teachers to do informal mentoring. Recruit mentor teachers who are willing to voluneteer their time if stipends are not available. Mentees can observe the mentor teacher (20 hours for the semester) and provide one-on-one mentoring outside of the classroom. Mentor can allow/attend with mentee to attend meetings, school events, district events, board meetings, union meetings, etc.
Work with SCTA Chapters
Most campuses have active SCTA (Students California Teachers Assn) chapters. They often invite members and teaching prospects to informal meetings. We suggest that you meet with local SCTA leaders and discuss ways to work together. Ask if they would allow EduCorps staff to make a presentation at a SCTA meeting where flyers could be distributed.
Nominations (by Professors, Teachers, etc.)
This strategy has proved to be highly effective at CSU Sacramento. Professors nominated close to 300 undergraduates in 2016. Each of the students received a congratulatory email (for being nominated) and an invitation to a Celebration of Teaching event. Over 200 student nominees (90% of whom were students of color) attended the event and 98% said they will probably or definitely pursue teaching as a career afterwards. A Guide to planning this kind of campaign is attached. A documentary… Read more