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Oct. 4, 2004
DH 04 PH053
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001
phammond@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MEDIA ALERT

Cal State Dominguez Hills College of Education
Targets Immigrant Professionals for Teaching Careers

CARSON, Calif. – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is answering the acute shortage of highly qualified mathematics, science and special education teachers with an innovative and collaborative program to attract professionals from the immigrant community who have interest in a teaching career.

WHO: Dr. Joseph Braun, Assoc. Dean, College of Education (COE), CSUDH
Dr. Kamal Hamdan, TTIPP coordinator, COE, CSUDH
Dr. Armando Vasquez-Ramos, TTIPP program manager, Lecturer in Chicano and Latin Studies, CSU Long Beach, and Adjunct Professor, CSUDH
Dr. Jeff Miller, TTIPP Academic Advisor, Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
Susan Bidell, Executive Director, International Education Research Foundation
Susan Maquindang, Executive Director, Filipino American Service Group
Daniel Paik, President, Korean American Education Foundation
David Ramos, Executive Director, Coalition of Physicians from Latin America
Donald Hafeman, Asst. Director, Teacher Recruitment Branch, L.A. Unified School District

WHAT: Introduction of “Transition to Teaching – Immigrant Professionals Program,” funded primarily through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Meet the partners in this collaborative, innovative approach to attract professionals in the immigrant community to teaching careers in math, science and special education. Presentation on how five grants will be integrated to meet their goals. Q&A.

WHERE: President’s Executive Conference Room, Welch Hall D-450
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m.
Please park in Parking Lot 3, west of Welch Hall near Tamcliff Avenue entrance.

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2/2 – CSUDH Targets Immigrant Professionals for Teaching Careers

Growing out a four-year, U.S. Department of Education (DOE) $800,000 Transition to Teaching program grant to the Urban Education Partnerships, a non-profit educational support organization, and CSUDH, the Transition to Teaching for Immigrant Professionals (TTIPP) is also funded in part by a $400,000 grant to CSUDH from the DOE’s Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Thirdly, on Sept. 9, CSUDH’s College of Education received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Transition to Teaching program to bolster the numbers of highly qualified math and science teachers, and special education teachers in high-need L.A. Unified School District schools. “This grant will further enhance the capacity of TTIPP to do its job,” said Assoc. Dean Braun.

“CSUDH is delighted to be working with TTIPP community partners, who promise to contribute significantly to our goals,” said Braun. They include the L.A. Unified School District, L.A. Harbor College, the International Education Research Foundation, the Consortium of Physicians from Latin America, the Korean American Education Foundation, the Filipino American Service Group, Inc., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The TTIPP program seeks to create an alterative recruitment and teacher-training model to assess, advise, prepare, credential and support this skilled pool of prospective immigrant teachers, estimated at more than two million people nationally.

CSUDH will be building a collaborative network of school districts and community organizations to reach and serve the immigrant populations. By the end of the three-year grant people, 45 teachers will be serving in the Los Angeles Unified School District and 75 will be enrolled in coursework.

A cohort of immigrant professionals will be enrolled in the Prospective Teacher Registry, a critical component of the project. The registry is a multiple-access database that collects relevant information on all candidates, thereby helping CSUDH staff, school districts and community organizations to better guide participants through the steps toward completing requirements necessary for enrollment in a university program leading to becoming a credentialed teacher in mathematics, science or special education.

The FIPSE funding is to be focused in the following three areas:

? Creation of a recruitment pipeline to increase access to higher education leading to a credential in mathematics and science;
? Establishment of support structures for pre-teaching and induction-year activities that will result in better-prepared teachers who are less likely to leave the profession; and
? Implementation of partnership capacity-building strategies that will result in the sustainability of project activities and will promote replication of the model among similar institutional partnerships.
For more information, please contact CSUDH Associate Dean Joseph Braun in the College of Education, (310) 243-3510, or Kamal Hamdan, TTIPP coordinator, (310) 243-3981.

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