January 16, 2007
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School Announces a New “Agent of Change” Fellowship in the Teacher Education Program to Support GLBT Students
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is pleased to announce a new fellowship for its Teacher Education Program (TEP). The fellowship was created thanks to a gift from recent graduate David Baca, who in two years as a junior high school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District has already risen to the position of team leader.
Baca’s gift will provide an annual scholarship award for a graduate student who has a commitment to promoting positive social change for GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) students through teaching.
Tine Sloan, interim director of the Teacher Education Program says, “David’s fellowship speaks volumes regarding his commitment to children and adolescents. Preparing teachers who care and understand how to teach and support students from diverse backgrounds is key to making school a good place. This is an important part of the Gevirtz School’s mission and it’s wonderful that a recent graduate is already contributing to and shaping this mission.”
The Teacher Education Program at the Gevirtz School offers the Multiple-Subject, the Single-Subject and the Level I and Level II Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork that leads to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 60 students each. This allows for the individualized attention necessary for high level preparation of reflective, skilled practitioners who can meet the needs of a diversity of learners in California schools. The Teaching Credential Programs are full-time, post-graduate programs that begin in June and conclude the following June. Teacher candidates have the option to work on the Master’s Degree concurrent with credential coursework.
[Tine Sloan is available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]