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Teacher Pathways

What is the Teacher Pathways Program?
This project is a collaborative partnership between Eugene, Springfield, and Bethel School Districts; Lane Community College; University of Oregon; Pacific University; and Northwest Christian University. These seven 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 to eliminate the persistent diversity gap in our teaching staff within the next ten years.

Why do we need the Teacher Pathways Program?
Over the past ten years, the percentage of students from diverse cultural backgrounds has increased in Eugene School District 4J from 22 to 31 percent. During the same time period, 4J has seen only a small increase in the number of teachers from diverse backgrounds currently reaching just over 13 percent. The gap that exists in Eugene, and in our neighboring school districts, 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 24 years.

What does the Teacher Pathways Program provide?
Individualized academic support throughout the program, from application to license
• Professional development seminars
• Financial support and information about loans, grants, and scholarships
• Workshops to boost study skills and test-taking abilities
• Career and academic advising
• Financial assistance

What financial assistance does the Teacher Pathways Program provide?
The Teacher Pathways Program assists successful candidates with tuition support (to be determined based on funding and selection pool). Teacher Pathways helps to cover the cost of tuition but is not intended to completely fund a student’s education. Participants will need to pay application fees, housing, textbooks, testing fees, licensure fees, additional tuition costs, and other educational items as needed.

What are the prerequisites?
Candidates for the Lane County Teacher Pathways Program must hold a bachelor’s degree and qualify for a licensure program at the University of Oregon, Pacific University, or Northwest Christian University. In addition, eligible candidates must meet one of the following criteria: first generation college student, bilingual, and/or bi-cultural.

How do I apply?
Applications for the 2017-18 cohort are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2017. Applications can be found at https://bethelor.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=434.  Contact Karen Hardin for information at hardin@4j.lane.edu or (541) 790-7668.