Nationally, in the absence of an alternative certification route, more than half of individuals entering teaching from a professional occupation say they would not have become teachers.

 

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Annual Conference

Part of the mission of the California Teacher Corps is to help connect alternative certification professionals with one another to share best practices, strengthen programs and have fun!

Fifth Annual California Teacher Corps Conference

Save the date! More info coming soon.
February 26, 2015: SPED Dinner
February 27, 2015: Conference

 

Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator Award
Nominate an Outstanding Educator TODAY!
The best way to raise awareness about alternative certification is to highlight the outstanding teachers who are within our programs and who are making a real difference in the classroom. The California Teacher Corps Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator Award is designed to honor an outstanding educator in California who has completed, or is currently enrolled in, an Alternative Certification credentialing route. Award winners receive a $500 (1st place) or $250 (2nd and 3rd place) cash award. Nomination forms are due on February 1, 2015. Submit your nomination today!

     

Past Conferences

Fourth Annual California Teacher Corps Conference
Capital Ideas: Courageous Leadership: Innovation Through Collaboration

The 4th annual California Teacher Corps Conference was held on March 31, 2014 in Sacramento.  With dynamic keynote speakers, a beautiful location, and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, the conference was an exemplary professional development opportunity for Intern Program leaders.

In addition, the conference adjoined two additional opportunities - the Special Education Network dinner meeting on March 31 and the Spring CCTC Intern Directors' Meeting on April 1. 

Teacher preparation leaders came together from local and state leadership to engage in conversations about our shared goals in preparing highly qualified teachers through Alternative Certification routes.

 

Third Annual California Teacher Corps Conference
Capital Ideas: Leaders Networking With Leaders

The 3rd annual California Teacher Corps Conference was held on April 14th and 15th in our capital, Sacramento. Hundreds of teacher preparation leaders came together from local and state leadership to engage in conversations about our shared goals in preparing highly qualified teachers through Alternative Certification routes.

Special thanks to the following people for contributing to that success:

Nancy Brownell
Teri Burns
Bonnie Charlton
Lee Crockett
Teresa Daniels
Oscar Delgado
Mary Enevoldsen
Meredith Fellows
Donna Glassman-Sommer
Jim Huber
Belinda Karge
KCSOS ACT Team
Catherine Kearney
Joan Kienzle
Joel Laguna
Lisa Liddle
Amalia Lopez
Marvin Lopez
Norma Lovelace
Marjorie McCabe
Michael McKibbin
Corinne Muelrath
Patricia Pernin
Jane Robb
Tania Schalburg-Dykes
David Simmons
Patricia Wick
Embassy Suites Hotel staff
And all the other volunteers who assisted at the conference!


We appreciate you!

 

Second Annual California Teacher Corps Conference
February 9-10, 2012
Napa, California

California's alternative route to certification programs gathered in February 2012 to build their skills to lead courageously at our Second Annual California Teacher Corps Conference. Napa Valley set the stage for our programs to collaborate and inspire each other, helping shape the future of teacher preparation. We experienced a lineup of renowned thought leaders and gained invaluable knowledge in our small group discussions.

Our President, Tania Schalburg-Dykes, kicked off the conference with a motivating speech, and that was only the beginning.

Conference Highlights:

  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of Washington, D.C. Public Schools, shared her inspiring journey into teaching, and the impact of quality educators in her school districts.
  • U.S. Department of Education's Beatriz Ceja offered a national perspective on alternative certification
  • Karen Hough, author of The Improvisation Edge, lead our group through creative concepts on how to lead courageously and build trust.
  • Speaker and author Dr. Robert Kriegel introduced us to new, positive ways of approaching challenges in our work.
  • President Elect of the National Association for Alternative Certification Dr. Michelle Haj-Broussard shared her work as a member of the Louisiana State Value-Added Qualitative Research Team.

Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator Award
Each year, the California Teacher Corps honors Michael McKibbin, formerly with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, for his instrumental contributions in establishing and supporting alternative route to certification programs by awarding a distinguished California educator with the Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.

This year's award winner was Nicole Gonzalez of Stockton, CA.

To learn more about Michael and the 2011 recipient of the Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, please watch this inspirational tribute video.

 

First Annual California Teacher Corps Conference
February 10-11, 2011
Napa, California

More than 100 leaders from California's alternative route to certification programs gathered in February for the First Annual California Teacher Corps Conference. Napa Valley served as the ideal locale for our leaders to engage with one another and gain a new perspective on the state of teacher preparation. From big speakers to small group discussions, conference attendees were inspired, intrigued and invigorated.

Conference Highlights:

  • Speakers Cyndy Stephens, Former President of the National Association for Alternative Certification, and Tara Kini, Attorney with Public Advocates, shared opposing viewpoints on alternative certification
  • U.S. Department of Education's Beatriz Ceja offered a national perspective on alternative certification
  • Glen Thomas, Former California Secretary of Education, addressed why the work of the Teacher Corps is so important to California
  • Jed Wallace, CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, spoke to why an alternative pathway sometimes makes more sense than a traditional one
  • Researcher Janna Siegel Robertson presented new data on alternative certification
  • Andy Goodman, Founder of Good Ideas for Good Causes, taught conference attendees why a good story is key to non-profit success and how to create one
  • The Teacher Corps celebrated the first winner of the Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator Award

The 2011 Educator of the Year was presented to Fresno County math teacher Baljit Gill.

 

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