Dissertation

Bridging the community college divide : developing homegrown educators in Salinas

This three-part study focused on making the case for developing a teacher pathway program in Salinas, California. The first part of the study evaluated a teacher pathway program located in Southern California and sought to determine effective program components than can be modified to fit Salinas’s local context and needs. The second part of the study is a narrative inquiry that centered on identifying personal and professional traits of six homegrown educators from Salinas (which included the researcher) that have enabled them to persist as educators in their hometown for several years. The narrative inquiry then established possible recruitment and retention strategies that can be incorporated into a teacher pathway program in Salinas. Finally, the third part of the study is a program and policy paper that highlighted the need to expand educational opportunities in Salinas by developing a teacher pathway program to serve the community. In addition, recommendations were made regarding potential models and organizational structures that can be followed to begin an effective teacher pathway program in Salinas.

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