What is the Teacher Pathways Program?

TeacherEstablished in 2006 to address the shortage of minority teachers, the Teacher Pathways Program (TPP) is a collaborative partnership among Bethel, Eugene and Springfield School Districts; Lane Education Service District; Lane Community College; Northwest Christian College; Pacific University; and University of Oregon. Each partnering agency has committed funding, staffing and other resources to support licensure of qualified bilingual/bicultural members of our community.

Our goal is to diversify the teaching force in our region to reflect the students in our public schools. We will recruit minority candidates committed to employing research-based practices, incorporating different learning styles and cultural perspectives in their teaching and maintaining visions of social justice and equity.

Why do we need the Teacher Pathways Program?

The program is a response to the 1991 Minority Teacher Act, ORS 342.437, which states:  

The State of Oregon is committed to ethnic-racial equity and, therefore, it is the goal of the State that by the year 2001 the number of minority teachers, including administrators, employed by school districts and education service districts shall be approximately proportionate to the number of minority children enrolled in the public schools of this State. [1991 c.434 § 2]

The target year for this goal was 2001. We have not yet met this goal. The Bethel, Eugene and Springfield School Districts will only meet this goal through partnerships and coordinated efforts to recruit, support and train minority teachers.

What does the Teacher Pathways Program provide?

Are you interested in being part of the Teacher Pathways Program?

Contact the program by emailing the following information to teacherpathways@lesd.k12.or.us