What is the Pathways in Education program?
This project is a collaborative partnership between Springfield, Eugene and Bethel School Districts; the University of Oregon; Pacific University; and Bushnell University. These six organizations are working together to transform teacher preparation by designing a single pipeline capable of producing effective, culturally and linguistically diverse teachers. The project consists of four distinct focus areas including recruitment-selection, clinical practice, hiring-placement, and mentoring-induction. Taken together, the four areas and the proposed links within our project design yield the opportunity both to eliminate the gap between our changing student demographic and the demographic of our teaching staff while producing high quality teachers. It is our intent, when fully implemented, to work with over 20 teachers per year and to eliminate the persistent diversity gap in our teaching staff within the next ten years.
Why do we need the Pathways in Education program?
The Oregon Department of Education reports that over the past decade the percentage of ethnically and linguistically diverse students has more than tripled from just over ten percent to thirty-nine percent. During the same time period, Lane County has seen only a slight increase in the number of ethnically diverse teachers currently reaching just over ten percent. The gap that exists in Lane County reflects the gap throughout the state of Oregon first acknowledged in the 1991 Minority Teacher Act, a gap that has continued to grow over the past twenty-eight years. The Pathways in Education program is designed to address this persistent issue by increasing the number of culturally and linguistically diverse teachers enrolled in teacher preparation programs, leading to effective teachers who mirror the diversity of the students in our classrooms.
What does the Pathways in Education program provide?
- Individualized academic support throughout the program, from application to license
- Professional development seminars, as available
- Financial support and information about loans, grants and scholarships
- Workshops/tutoring to boost study skills and test-taking abilities (as offered through the college programs)
- Career advising – and school year employment opportunities (if not currently employed by one of the partnering school districts)
- Ongoing mentoring and support
What financial assistance does the Pathways in Education program provide?
The Pathways in Education program provides successful candidates with tuition scholarships ranging between $2,500 and $15,000 to attend Lane Community College, Bushnell University, Pacific University or the University of Oregon. Scholarships are paid directly to the attending college on a per term basis dependent on successful completion of each term, maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, and making adequate progress toward licensure.
Plan and pay for college?
While the Pathways in Education program helps to cover the cost of tuition, it is not intended to completely fund a student’s education. Participants will need to pay application fees, housing, textbooks, testing fees, licensure fees, fingerprinting, additional tuition and other educational items as needed. Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA by the end of February each year and are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Access and Completion website for more information pertaining to the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise (and the Oregon Student Aid Application – ORSAA).
What are the prerequisites?
Candidates for the Pathways in Education program must:
- Have graduated from high school, and
- Qualify for admittance to one of our consortia partners: UO, Pacific or Bushnell (or plan to attend LCC to obtain an AAOT).
In addition, the Pathways program is working to diversify our teaching force in three ways: linguistically, culturally, and socio-economically. We are actively seeking people who:
- Speak multiple languages,
- Are culturally diverse, and/or
- Are first-generation college students
Meeting one* of these descriptors is required in order to be eligible for the Pathways program. Priority will be given to individuals meeting in more than one eligibility area.
*First generation college students should also meet in one of the other eligibility categories.
How do I apply?
The online application window will open December 1, 2020 and close on January 8, 2021. The application includes standard personal information, short answer and essay questions, unofficial transcripts, and three reference checks (electronic form sent directly to the individuals listed in your online application).
Applicants selected to interview will need to be available on February 4, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator, Nicole Reyes.
(541) 726-3207 – firstname.lastname@example.org