This course provides an introduction to the teaching profession and the K-12 education landscape, both locally and nationally. The intent of this course is to offer a real-world view into what it looks and feels like to be a teacher in today’s world, with a particular emphasis on urban schools serving historically marginalized communities. Students in this course will learn about the Bay Area education landscape, hearing directly from teachers in our local community (Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, and surrounding areas) about their day-to-day experiences and their journey into teaching - their preparation pathway, what drives them to teach, the challenges they face and how they navigate these challenges, and advice they would offer to college students considering a career in teaching. We will also explore innovative new school models that are reimagining approaches to teaching and learning - and rethinking the role of teachers. This course will examine the experiences and career trajectories of BIPOC educators, the importance of racial diversity in the teaching profession, and culturally responsive teaching practices. We will also look at important national issues and trends shaping the field of education, including the literacy crisis and emerging shifts in how kids are taught to read, as well as looking at how schools are addressing issues such as mental health and college and career readiness.
This course will be highly interactive. Methods of instruction will include facilitator-led presentations and discussions, guest lectures, small group discussions, school-based apprenticeships, and 1:1 meetings with a mentor teacher. Coursework will be paired with site visits to PK-12 urban schools, visits from local teachers and school leaders, and internship opportunities in local urban schools. Students will also have the opportunity to work with a mentor teacher who can offer insights into the day-to-day realities of teaching, and offer guidance for students interested in pursuing a teaching credential or job opportunities in the schools.
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