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Pathways to teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District

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The San Francisco Unified School District FUSD is developing a new, alternative teacher certification program called SFUSD Pathway to Teaching. (Courtesy SFUSD)

At the San Francisco Unified School District, our actions focus on one central idea: Every child has the right to be well-educated.

The SFUSD has a strong commitment to social justice. We place access and equity, student achievement and accountability at the forefront of every child’s education.

As a San Francisco public school educator, teachers have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students alongside supportive and talented colleagues. They are an integral part of the district’s effort to ensure that every student who enrolls in our schools will graduate ready for college, career and life.

The SFUSD offers competitive salaries determined by experience, education level and credentials. In addition to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for teachers and eligible dependents, teacher salaries have increased 12 percent between 2014 and 2016.

Teachers may also qualify for additional incentives. The district provides annual financial incentives of up to $2,000 for teachers who choose to work at our hard-to-staff schools (those with historically high turnover) and $1,000 for teachers in our hard-to-fill subject areas (bilingual and special education).

This year, the SFUSD is also offering an additional bonus of up to $4,000 for special education teachers, school psychologists, behavior analysts and speech and language pathologists.

Who are we looking for?

The SFUSD is seeking teachers and other professionals who are committed to:

  • Delivering rigorous instruction to all students
  • Continuous learning and improvement
  • Creating a culturally responsive classroom environment
  • Building meaningful connections with families and the community

The district wants talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are inspired by the SFUSD’s mission steeped in equity and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential.

We want educators who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem-solvers and those who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.

Pathways to teaching

There are many ways to become a teacher, including attending traditional teacher credential programs at local colleges and universities. The SFUSD offers several other ways to become a teacher.

San Francisco Teacher Residency Program

Combining a year-long classroom apprenticeship with targeted master’s-level coursework, SFTR provides residents with the practical learning, hands-on experience, and ongoing support essential for successful careers in teaching. To learn more, visit www.sfteacherresidency.org.

SFUSD Pathway to Teaching (anticipated launch 2017-18 school year)

The SFUSD is currently developing an exciting new district-run, alternative teacher certification program for the 2017-18 school year, called SFUSD Pathway to Teaching. The vision of SFUSD Pathway is to implement a high-quality, research-based, training and certification program capable of preparing new teachers to meet the academic learning needs of SFUSD students through rigorous, engaging instruction.

SFUSD Pathway’s ideal candidates are San Francisco community members who are committed to educational excellence for all San Francisco students. SFUSD Pathway will be focused on preparing teachers in our hardest-to-fill subject areas: special education and bilingual.

If you are interested in applying for the inaugural 2017-18 cohort, please visit goo.gl/SQpbp8 to complete a short interest survey and the district will be in touch about opportunities.

Para-to-Teacher Program

The Para-to-Teacher Program assists current SFUSD paraprofessionals who want to become teachers. Candidates should be enrolled in college and have completed at least 48 units.

Substitute Teaching and Paraprofessionals

For candidates who have experience with youth or have considered teaching as a profession, substitute teaching or becoming a paraprofessional is an excellent opportunity to get a foot in the door for future employment with SFUSD.

How to Apply for Current Openings

To learn more about careers at SFUSD, visit www.sfusd.edu. To apply, visit www.sfusd.edu/jobs to view open positions and submit an application.

Monica Vasquez is chief of human resources for the San Francisco Unified School District.

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