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The percentage of K-12 students of color has raised dramatically in Colorado in the past few years, making up near 50% of our school population. Unfortunately, the teacher population has not kept up. For nearly 11 years, the University of Colorado Denver’s Pathways2Teaching program has aimed to balance that teacher-to-student ratio. Today, on CU on the Air, we’re talking with Joselyne Garcia-Moreno, a graduate of the Pathways2Teaching program, and Margarita Bianco, associate professor of education and the program’s founder.
- Margarita discusses the origins of Pathways2Teaching and gives an overview of the program.
- Joselyne discusses her background, high school and how she learned about the program.
- Joselyne was hired as a paraprofessional before even finishing high school.
- Margarita discusses the external partners of the program and their role.
- Joselyne talks about the support and teachers who helped her on her path.
- Margarita and Joselyne discuss how the program benefits students and ultimately our state.
- Joselyne is now working on her master’s degree and hopes to teach at the high school where it all began.
- Margarita, who was interviewed on the second episode of CU on the Air in 2017, discusses how the program has grown in the past nearly five years.
- Several institutions across the country have adopted the model of grow-your-own teachers.
- Pathways2Teaching has served about 1,700 students over the years.
- Students in the program continue to research and solve challenges within their communities as part of the program. Margarita offers some spectacular success stories.
- Margarita says, yes, progress is moving slowly, but at least there is movement. Graduates and students such as Joselyne make the struggle worthwhile.
- As a graduate of the program, Joselyne discusses steps that can be taken or further support and encourage students to become involved and be successful.
- Joselyne and Margarita close their eyes and look at education in K-12 schools, and share with us their vision.
- We at CU on the Air and our listeners will continue to support that vision.
- Pathways2Teaching Scholarship Fund
- CU on the Air: Margarita Bianco
- NBC News: Schools need teachers of color
- 9News: Grow your own teachers program
- CU Denver