Program Design OverviewWhile there are many ways to design and deliver an exploration of teaching course, the following are common ways programs in Washington have been designed:
Teachers The students’ lives and educational experiences are at the very center of this curriculum. Viewing their experiences as funds of knowledge, the curriculum connects this expertise to academic content and professional opportunities. It uses an experiential and inquiry approach that allows students to develop capacities to continue learning in school and future careers. It uses challenging academic language and literacy tasks and 21st Century Skills in ways that students know well from their life experiences. Common Core English Language Arts, 21st Century Skills and Washington State Residency Teacher Standards are embedded across the curriculum.
In this vision, culturally responsive teachers (a) are socioculturally conscious, (b) have affirming views of students from diverse backgrounds, (c) see themselves as responsible for and capable of bringing about change to make schools more equitable, (d) understand how learners construct knowledge and are capable of promoting knowledge construction, (e) know about the lives of their students, and (f) design instruction that builds on what their students already know while stretching them beyond the familiar.
Although grounded in the literature on recruiting and supporting teachers from underrepresented backgrounds into careers in education, this curriculum was developed based on seven years of qualitative research on programs funded under the Recruiting Washington Teachers Grant.
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