55% of Peer Resources alumni reported working in education, as teachers, counselors, administrators and youth workers.
Starting in 2014, Peer Resources began piloting a new strategic direction to deepen our impact in schools and with youth, building a community leadership pipeline for our high-school age youth leading to careers in SFUSD. Our goal is to grow transformative educator activists of and for San Francisco who embody and actualize education for liberation. The framing vision for this Pathway recognizes that education is a community endeavor, and that the movement towards justice requires us all to be a part of it. We choose to define success in life not as getting out of the community, but in being with community while addressing and transforming oppressive structures.
And there is an enormous need: not only is San Francisco currently encountering a huge teacher shortage, with the number of students enrolled in credential programs down by half since 2005 (Torlakson); students also deeply want teachers who have their same lived experience (TAY-SF). Peer Resources youth and alumni can gain skills while filling a critical need for a next-generation impact.
Highlights of the Educator Pathway include:
- High School Educator Pathway: Students choose to be in the Educator Pathway, which is a sequence of 11th and 12th grade Peer Resources electives, which include curricular connections to education careers and a dual-enrollment University of San Francisco credit class in 12th grade.
- Afterschool and summer jobs: With their training in youth development, Pathway Peer Leaders will have access to scaffolded youth development positions to continue practicing their skills of relationship building, lesson-planning, and group management.
- Alumni Internship Program: Peer Resources hires 8-12 high school Peer Resource alumni to support our work in schools and to build their experience as an educator. Interns work for ten hours a week over the course of a school year, including a two hour weekly seminar. Alumni Interns then have access to part-time jobs as Afterschool Peer Resources Coordinators.
- Post-secondary education and credentialing support: Students from the Educator Pathway will be supported in a partner post-secondary institution to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in four years and with the appropriate credits and coursework to enter a credentialing program at the same institution.
- SFUSD Pre-Service Teaching Cohorts: In collaboration with the Human Resources department at the district, cohort professional development support from HR will be provided to any Peer Resources alumni seeking their credential to teach in San Francisco.
- Serving on and as the lead agency for the San Francisco Educator Pathway Coalition.
Click here for the most recent Peer Resources Educator Pathways Map as of August 2016.
For more information about the Educator Pathway, please contact Esther Flores, Peer Resources’ CTE Educator Pathway Coordinator, at eflores at peerresources.org