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.
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.
CSULA invites students, faculty, staff, and community partners to "socials" where the Dean welcomes them. We try to build morale and then eventually have the students network. We also use this time to recruit students.
Wide Advertising to Recruit Credential Candidates
CSUDH utilizes a massive public-facing electronic sign situated on the corner of campus in a very high-traffic intersection that invites anyone interested in a career in education to attend our monthly information sessions. This is the broad funnel that brings many from outside the university's walls into our pipeline.
Encourage faculty and/or staff to staff a table once per month at various locations across campus to distribute information about becoming a teacher and the resources your campus offers to support future teachers.
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).
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