Opening Pathways for Students of Color into Teaching as a Career Connecting Campus to Community through Family Engagement

Opening Pathways for Students of Color into Teaching as a Career
Connecting Campus to Community through Family Engagement


Goals

Funded (@ $335,000 2016-2017, and @ $596,319 2017-2019) through the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) Great Teaching and Leading Fund (GTLF), the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways for Students of Color into the Teaching Profession: Giving Back to the Community through Teaching project seeks to:

1) Recruit students of color to college (especially to UNLV) and into teaching as a profession.
2) Reduce teacher shortages in Southern Nevada.
3) Diversify the teacher workforce in Southern Nevada.
4) Improve the quality of teacher preparation and teaching in Southern Nevada.

Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Project

Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Clark County School District (CCSD) Partner Schools:

Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways Highlights

  • The Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project is focused on teacher recruitment and preparation.
  • The Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project is designed to address southern Nevada's/Clark County School District's (CCSD) persistent teacher shortage and growing demographic diversity gap between students and teachers.
  • The Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project aims to not only increase the number of teachers to address the teacher shortage, but also to diversify the teacher workforce to better serve all students in southern Nevada's schools.
  • As recently as March 2016, CCSD advertised the need to recruit an additional 700 teachers for the next school year.
  • Though the CCSD student demographic is close to 50% Latina/Latino students alone (in addition to high numbers of other students of color), its teacher demographic remains more than 75% white.
  • Five states, Nevada, California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, have the highest gap between the percentages of Latina/Latino PK-12 students, and the percentages of Latina/Latino teachers.
    • Referred to as the Latina/Latino student-teacher gap, it is significant to note that Nevada is the only state of the five to not yet have devised a comprehensive plan to address this gap, despite federal incentives.
    • Though Latina/Latino students make up close to 50% of the CCSD student body, they represent only 25% of the UNLV student population, and only approximately 15% of the students enrolled in UNLV's teacher preparation/licensure project.
    • While these numbers are concerning, it is important to note that only 10 years ago, when the CCSD student body was just less than 40% Latina/Latino, only 12% of UNLV's students were, and fewer than 10% were pursuing teaching as a career.
    • So the numbers are moving in the right direction and, through the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project, will continue to do so with even greater resolve and speed.
  • The percentages of African American and Asian American students within CCSD are about proportional to those enrolled at UNLV, and only slightly disproportional (underrepresented) to those enrolled in the campus's teacher preparation/licensure project.
    • UNLV's recent achievement of, and pride in, its MSI, HSI, and AANAPISI statuses has improved its profile with college going minority students.
  • Through the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project, UNLV's COE/Department of Teaching and Learning will increase the pipeline of highly qualified teacher candidates of color-Latina/Latino, African American, and Asian American-with strong ties to the local community.
    • Teachers with strong ties to the local community are more likely to stay in the profession longer.
    • Teachers of color with strong ties to the local community are more likely to understand the sociocultural realities of students of color in that community.
    • Through the Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways project, teachers will be uniquely prepared to teach in their home communities in ways that ensure the on-going PK-12 and college academic achievement of all students.

Project Team

Teach-to-Lead Team
Inaugural Project Team
Project Team
Our Signature Program!

2017-2019 Team Members

Name Project Title Email
Dr. Norma A. Marrun
Assistant Professor, CSIEME Program, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Core Team Member (Principal Investigator)
Uncompensated Overload
norma.marrun@unlv.edu
Ms. Claudia Chiang-López
M.A. Candidate (Communication Studies) & Graduate Research Assistant
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
For-Credit Internship
chianglo@unlv.nevada.edu
Dr. Christine Clark
Professor, CSIEME Program, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Core Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Uncompensated Overload
chris.clark.unlv@me.com
Ms. Rosemary Q. Flores
M.P.A. Candidate (School of Public Policy and Leadership) & Family Engagement Specialist
Project Core Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Full-Time, Grant Funded

Teach-to-Lead Team Member
Travel Grant, College Funded
rosemary.q.flores@gmail.com
Ms. Monica Hernández-Johnson
#Love2TeachLV School Lead, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Core Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Grant Funded
herna137@unlv.nevada.edu
Ms. Silvina Jover
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
For-Credit Internship
jovercir@unlv.nevada.edu
Ms. Norma Juárez
Parent Outreach Coordinator
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Grant Funded
nestigv79@gmail.com
Mr. Lashaun Limbrick
#Love2TeachLV School Lead, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
For-Credit Internship
limbrl1@unlv.nevada.edu
Ms. De'Ana Mauldin
#Love2TeachLV School Lead, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
For-Credit Internship
mauldin3@unlv.nevada.edu
Ms. Yvonne Morris
#Love2TeachLV Program Coordinator, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Full-Time, Grant Funded
morrisy@unlv.nevada.edu
Dr. Ravijot Singh
#Love2TeachLV School Lead
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Grant Funded
ravijot.srng@gmail.com
Dr. Valerie Taylor
Pre-Service Teacher Coordinator
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Grant Funded
valerie.taylor@unlv.edu
Mr. Askia Talib-deen
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Department Funded
kirk.talib-deen@unlv.edu
Dr. Lisa Bendixen
Volunteer Research Specialist, Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Volunteer Research Specialist
lisa.bendixen@unlv.edu
Dr. Sandra Candel
Project Volunteer
Project Team Member
Project Volunteer
slcandel@gmail.com
Mr. José Flores
Project Volunteer
Project Team Member
Project Volunteer
rfloresnv@yahoo.com
Ms. Tara J. Plachowski
Volunteer Research Specialist
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Volunteer Research Specialist
tarajplachowski@gmail.com
Ms. Fereshteh Rezaeian
Project Volunteer
Project Team Member
Project Volunteer
fereshteh_rezaeian@yahoo.com
Dr. Allison Smith
Volunteer Research Specialist
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Volunteer Research Specialist
asmith5@nu.edu

Previous Team Members

Name Project Title Email
Ms. Rosnidar Arshad
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Department Funded
rosnidar.arshad@unlv.edu
Dr. Jori Beck
Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Old Dominion University
Project Core Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Grant Funded

Teach-to-Lead Team Member
Travel Grant, College Funded
jbeck@odu.edu
Ms. Renée Dorrity
Volunteer Intern
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Volunteer
reneedorrity@gmail.com
Ms. Temi Odutola
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Department Funded
monica.moses@unlv.edu
Mr. Steven Thomas
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Part-Time, Department Funded
envoy12344@yahoo.com
Dr. Tonya Walls
Research Associate, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Project Team Member (Co-Principal Investigator)
Uncompensated Overload

Teach-to-Lead Team Member
Travel Grant, College Funded
tonyawallsworks@gmail.com
Cynthia Chávez
Teacher, Elaine Wynn Elementary School, Clark County School District
Teach-to-Lead Team Member
Travel Grant, College Funded
chavec3@unlv.nevada.edu
Marcus Jackson
UNLV Undergraduate Education Major, College of Education
Teach-to-Lead Member
Travel Grant, College Funded
marjacks96@gmail.com