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Monterey Herald, By TOM WRIGHT | | PUBLISHED: October 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm | UPDATED: October 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

CSUMB receives federal grant of nearly $5 million to fund teacher prep program

SEASIDE — The U.S. Education Department awarded a $4.8 million grant to CSU Monterey Bay to fund a teacher preparation program and scholarships for students looking to become teachers.

The grant, expected to span over five years, will fund the Preparing Observational Practitioners through Partnerships Yearlong project and CSUMB’s partnerships with school districts in Monterey County.

“It’s really about sustaining partnerships between institutes of higher education and local education agencies,” said CSUMB assistant professor Erin Ramirez, who is principal investigator behind the project.

Ramirez, who is part of the university’s Department of Education and Leadership, said the grant is the fourth CSUMB has received through the Teacher Quality Partnership program at the Education Department.

“We continue to go after this grant because it’s very much grounded in true partnership, true collaboration and the needs of K-12 students,” she said.

A total of $2.2 million of the grant will go to student scholarships.

“It’s super, super exciting to bring in students who might not have ever gone after a master’s degree or thought about the field of teaching,” Ramirez said. “They get the scholarships and then commit to teaching in our partner districts.”

While Ramirez said CSUMB has built strong relationships with nearby school districts, the grant will help the university reach out to districts in the Salinas Valley and South County.

“Our dean, Jose Luis Alvarado, was wanting us to really make some true collaborative partnerships with districts in Gonzales and Greenfield, King City, Soledad,” Ramirez said. “So we’re going to continue to work on and sustain our really strong partnerships and then work on a strong collaboration between CSUMB and South County.”

The Preparing Observational Practitioners through Partnerships Yearlong project, or POPPY, aims to increase achievement among K-12 students by preparing highly qualified prospective teachers through rigorous curriculum reform, a yearlong clinical residency model and sustained intensive professional development opportunities in STEM and literacy fields.

The project’s goals are to recruit teachers from underrepresented populations and high-needs subject areas, provide a residency model that includes a year-long clinical experience with a highly qualified mentor teacher and tightly aligned rigorous graduate level coursework, to provide support to new teachers to aid in retention and professional learning, to sustain evidence-based and classroom-focused professional development opportunities around STEM and literacy integration, and to engage in continuous improvement throughout the duration of the project.

An expected outcome of the project is to recruit teachers from underrepresented populations and high-needs content areas.

“Research has shown that when students see themselves reflected in their teachers in one year it makes incremental growth,” Ramirez said. “If that can happen two or three years in a row, it propels them into wanting to go into college and pursue degrees that they may have never thought they could attain because they can see themselves reflected in who is teaching them.”

CSUMB-Monterey Peninsula College Launch Inaugural Cohort for the Teacher Pathway Program

CSUMB-Monterey Peninsula College Teacher Pathway Program Cohort #1

Approximately 40 students have been admitted into the TPP program and on Tuesday, September 24, we held an induction ceremony at Monterey Peninsula College. The induction ceremony featured remarks from Monterey Peninsula College President, Mr. David Martin; Mr. Diego Espinoza; Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives and Grants at MPC; Ms. Kelly Fletes, HSI Counselor/Coordinator; Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado; Dean of the College of Education at CSUMB, and Dr. Deedee Perez-Granados, Chair of the Liberal Studies Department and Coordinator for the Teacher Pathway Program. Overall, the event was a complete success.

Work and family commitments prevented many of the admitted students from attending the Induction event last night, however, we still had great participation from students currently enrolled in the program. The attached picture reflects a portion of students admitted as the first TPP MPC Cohort. The great thing about this cohort is that it includes students who just completed their Associates Degree for Transfer at MPC this past May and are now enrolled in junior level courses at CSUMB.

TPP is a program designed to grow our own teachers via strategic partnerships with local community colleges that offers candidates a cohort pathway towards earning their Associate of Arts degree for Transfer at the Community College, their Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at CSUMB, and their Teaching Credential in Elementary Education or Special Education at CSUMB. TPP offers participants a variety of supports designed to eliminate barriers that frequently prevent candidates fulfilling their goal of becoming teachers. CSUMB has TPP partnerships with MPC, Hartnell College, and Cabrillo College and participants enrolled in cohorts in Monterey, Watsonville, Salinas, and King City.

We would like to welcome our new Education & Leadership faculty:

Faith Peddie

Faith will be joining us starting in the Fall 2019 term as a valued member of our faculty in the Education and Leadership Department. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia. Dr. Peddie is a former Middle School Mathematics and Social Studies teacher and has experience as an Instructional Coach in Illinois and Virginia.

Suzanne Garcia-Mateus

Suzanne will be joining us starting in the Fall 2019 term as a valued member of our faculty in the Education and Leadership Department and as Director of the Monterey Institute for English Learners (MIEL). She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and a concentration in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garcia-Mateus is a former ESL Kindergarten Teacher, elementary Spanish Immersion Teacher, Two-Way Dual Language Spanish Teacher, and has experience as a Bilingual Literacy and Bilingual Writing Coach. Most recently, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Education Department at Southwestern University.

Stephanie D'Costa

Stephanie will be joining us starting in the Fall 2019 term as a valued member of our faculty and School Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison Dr. D'Costa is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the state of California. Stephanie completed her Postdoctoral Psychology Residency at West Coast Children's Clinic in Oakland, CA.

We look forward to their contributions to the Education and Leadership Department, the College of Education, the University, and our communities.

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