Wednesday, March 3rd, EFC hosted a Credential Fair in partnership with OUSD and Educate 78 in order to highlight the various pathways to acquiring teaching credentials here in Oakland. Program providers in attendance included the Aspire Teacher Residency Program, CSU East Bay and the Hufstedler School of Education among many others.
Larissa Adam, EFC’s own Chief Talent Officer, who has been a leader in Oakland for over twenty years stated that, “building a strong teacher pipeline for Oakland’s public schools, both district and charter, is a high priority for our organization.”
As one who is passionately devoted to education here in Oakland, she went on to state that, “Our city’s schools have improved tremendously in the last two decades, but we still have a long way to go – in 2015, just half of our 2nd through 5th graders read at grade level, a third of our middle schoolers were proficient in math, and half of our students graduated from high school having completed the coursework required for California’s state universities. Become a teacher, and you can change these outcomes.”
EFC believes that doing our part as an organization includes supporting teachers who need their credentials. By building a strong team of educators we are working toward improving outcomes for all students. Recent SBAC data yielded encouraging results, indicating that we are moving in the right direction.
For more information regarding the need for new teachers in Oakland, see Kathrine Rose’s article titled, Recruitment fair hopes to engage new teachers, addressing Oakland teacher shortage