School of Education seeks minority students, sponsors for partnership with Cleveland Area Minority Educator Recruitment Association

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The School of Education and Professional Studies has paired with the Cleveland Area Minority Educator Recruitment Association (C.A.M.E.R.A) to identify, recruit and graduate minority teachers through a new and vital Teacher Diversity Initiative.

In the fall of 2018, the initiative will begin by recruiting students from nine high schools into LEC’s PreK-12 grade licensure programs.

Education faculty previously prepared these local schools’ Teacher Pathways students for Educators Rising. Dean Katharine Delavan, PhD, who developed the initiative, hopes to reach students at schools involved with C.A.M.E.R.A. as well.

“The School of Education and Professional Studies possesses a responsibility to meet ever changing needs of the school districts our graduates serve. We have a social and moral responsibility to prepare diverse teachers,” she said.

The first diversity cohort will enroll in the fall of 2019. Students will then remain on campus year round for a summer bridge experience, which includes summer employment, courses and experiential trips with mentors. Similar diversity programs have seen increased graduation rates through this practice.

As an added incentive, C.A.M.E.R.A. offers four $2,000 scholarships to minority education students, one per year of their college career. Following that, college graduates receive help finding teaching positions with competitive salary and benefits within its 20-member collaborative.

Collaborating Cleveland-area school districts include Akron Public Schools, Barberton, Bedford City Schools, Berea City Schools, Canton City Schools, Cleveland Heights, Euclid City Schools, Kent Schools, Lakewood City Schools, Lorain City Schools, Maple Heights City Schools, Nordonia Hills City School District, Orange Schools, Painesville City Local Schools, Parma City School District, Rocky River School District, Shaker Heights Schools, South-Euclid/Lyndhurst and Twinsburg School District.

Samuel Gifford, president of C.A.M.E.R.A., said, “The Cleveland Area Minority Educator Recruitment Association (C.A.M.E.R.A.) is very pleased with the recent partnership with Lake Erie College, specifically the Teacher Diversity Initiative, as our goals and objectives related to the promotion of diversity within the teaching profession are absolutely aligned. We are proud to call Lake Erie College our partner in the very important endeavor of recruiting, hiring and retaining minority candidates within our organizations and within education industry.”

Lake Erie College currently seeks sponsors to support priceless mentor/mentee experiences and tuition scholarships for the Teacher Diversity Initiative. Those outside of the 20 district collaborative who wish to serve as mentors are welcome to inquire.

Aside the College’s recently accredited undergraduate TESOL endorsement program and under the strong leadership of Dean Katharine Delavan, this program will further the mission of Lake Erie College to provide an inclusive education for its students.

For more information about the Teacher Diversity Initiative, contact Dr. Katharine Delavan at kdelavan@lec.edu.

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