SRJC program geared for new teachers
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A new program at Santa Rosa Junior College is geared to inspire students to consider careers in education and will offer scholarships for those interested in becoming a teacher or working in a school setting as a counselor, librarian, psychologist or administrator.

The SRJC Teaching Fellows program launches in the Spring 2013 semester, and will match 12 students with 12 teachers, who will serve as mentors. The program offers qualified students $1,800 as a merit-based award for the semester. For the 2013-2014 school year, participating Teaching Fellows will receive $3,500.

The application deadline for the program is Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

Funds for the Teaching Fellows program come from an anonymous donor, who gave the college a $5 million gift earlier this year and wanted to foster development of new teachers. Teaching fellows will meet regularly with their SRJC mentors and will also have monthly meetings with others participating in the program. The students will learn about best practices in teaching methodology in educational settings, working with diverse populations and about educating students in a changing world.
SRJC faculty members have been encouraged to sign up as mentors, and they will receive training in how to be an effective mentor. They will also be eligible for professional development credit for participating in the program.

The program is open to students interested in working in education from pre-kindergarten through college level. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have completed 24 units of college by this semester, and plan to enroll in a minimum of 12 units at SRJC for the spring semester.

To apply for a Teaching Fellow scholarship or to become a Faculty Mentor, go to busapp02.santarosa.edu/SRScholarship/ScholarshipAward.aspx?ScholarshipID=1089.

 For further information about the program, contact Joel Gordon, SRJC Dean of Child Development and Teacher Education, at , 527-4315 or jgordon@santarosa.edu.

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