In order to establish a support network for
prospective teachers, student groups were established at each campus.
Each support group consisted of 6-20 students under the
leadership of a math and/or science faculty member, an education faculty
member (at the four-year institutions), and a K-12 classroom teacher, who all
served as “professional role models.” The frequency of meetings and activities varied by campus,
typically student groups meet 4 times per term. It was the responsibility of the role model teachers to
determine the activities for the student group meetings.
A Speakers Bureau, field trips, and calendars
of activities were provided
by LACTE were available for student group meetings.
In addition to the Student Groups, LACTE campuses
developed creative and effective ways to recruit future teachers to the
project. Some strategies
that were particularly successful are listed below.
An asterisk (*) identifies a strategy intended to target minority
flyers, announcements in gateway courses, math/science counselors,
Honors programs, student clubs for math and science, *ethnic student
clubs, student clubs for future teachers
contacts by faculty, staff, administrators
presentations by faculty and/or future teachers
with the CSU-AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) Program
with the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Alliance) Program
minority students via mailing followed by information meeting
surveys of interest to math and science classes
meetings/lunches/receptions to attract participants
internship opportunities and scholarships
distributed by campus recruiters
disseminated by financial aid office
disseminated by the Education Department at credential information
At several campuses, the LACTE student groups have
formed a new or merged with an existing Campus Teachers Club.