A new program at the San Francisco Unified School District will provide new teachers with a full salary while they earn credentials, in an attempt to attract new educators. (S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD rolls out affordable teacher training program amid educator shortage

The San Francisco Unified School District is rolling out a new program to train aspiring teachers and put a dent in the teacher shortage that has troubled the district in recent years.

The program, called the SFUSD Pathway to Teaching, is meant to be “affordable and accessible,” providing new teachers with a full salary while they earn their credential so that they can afford to leave their current jobs, according to a news release from the district.

The news comes as teachers are struggling to pay rent in San Francisco. The tech boom in The City has contributed to a housing crunch and is only compounding the teacher shortage experienced across the nation.

The SFUSD is looking to recruit elementary school teachers, bilingual teachers to teach Spanish in elementary schools and special education teachers for next school year. Successful applicants will undergo an “intensive training program next spring and summer,” according to the district.

“We’ve heard a lot of interest from individuals who are already working in our school communities as a paraprofessional, substitute teacher or an after school service provider,” SFUSD Chief Academic Officer Brent Stephens said in a statement.

The aspiring teachers will lead classrooms next school year alongside a coach.

“Those who demonstrate success in the classroom will be recommended for their preliminary teaching credential, offered a job in SFUSD and two years of formal induction coaching and support,” the district said.

The deadline to apply at sfusdpathwaytoteaching.org is Jan. 16.

“We encourage applications from people in our community who are committed to providing culturally and linguistically relevant learning experiences for our San Francisco students,” Stephens said.

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