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.

 

 

Events

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!

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

Join us for the 3rd annual California Teacher Corps Conference on April 14th and 15th in our capital, Sacramento.

Hundreds of teacher preparation leaders will be coming together from local and state leadership to engage in conversations about our shared goals in preparing highly qualified teachers through Alternative Certification routes.

Your voice is essential to the mix of leaders from the Special Education Committee, CCTC, CDE, Association of California Administrators, a variety of California policy officials, Regional Intern Directors and Alternative Certification Program Directors representing universities, district offices and county offices from all over California.

Other Highlights include:

  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers
  • NEW location – the beautiful Embassy Suites (all suites) Hotel situated on Sacramento River within walking distance of museums, restaurants, shopping, and historic Old Town
  • Free Airport Shuttle, Free Full Breakfast, Free Hotel Reception
  • Pre-Conference events including Special Education Program Directors' meeting on the afternoon of April 14th.
  • Built in opportunities to enjoy time with colleagues
  • CA Teacher Corps Conference (April14-15) leads up to the CCTC Spring Directors' Meeting on April 16th also in Sacramento

 

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, 2013. Submit your nomination today!

     

Past Conferences

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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