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Standard 3 Aspect B

Preparation programs ensure that candidates, upon completion, are ready to engage in professional practice, to adapt to a variety of professional settings, and to grow throughout their careers. Effective program practices include: consistent offering of coherent curricula; high-quality quality, diverse clinical experiences; dynamic, mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders; and comprehensive and transparent quality assurance processes informed by trustworthy evidence. Each aspect of the program is appropriate to its context and to the credential or degree sought.


Description of rationale for partnerships:
The new BAP coordinator began her position in Fall 2020. In the past year, she has nurtured strong partnerships with three (3) districts--Fresno, Madera, and Sanger Unified--which had BAP teacher candidates during the 2020-2021 academic year. These district partners have worked with Fresno State for several years and have their own respective teacher residency programs. Specifically, in the last two years, Madera and Fresno Unified have explicitly focused on the recruitment of bilingual teachers and thus the close partnership with the BAP. For example, the partnership between Madera Unified and Fresno State has resulted in two cohorts of Spanish bilingual teachers. The first cohort graduated in Spring 2021 and the current cohort is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2022. These candidates are all placed in a bilingual/dual immersion classroom where they receive mentorship, professional development, and ongoing support from their mentor teachers, district staff, Fresno State faculty, and their clinical practice coaches. 

Description of clinical experiences in which candidates participate:
Currently, the state of California as acknowledged by the California Department of Education is challenged by the inability to provide clinical bilingual/dual immersion classroom placements for all bilingual authorization teacher candidates. State guidelines for credential and bilingual authorization programs strongly encourage the placement of bilingual candidates in bilingual/dual immersion classrooms, but do not require it. The coordinator of Fresno State BAP  is working diligently with the Office of Clinical Practice (OCP) on two (2) goals: 1) to increase the number of bilingual/dual immersion classroom placements for BAP students, and 2) to hire more bilingual coaches. The BAP coordinator and the OCP staff meet regularly to discuss progress with relationship building and new partnerships to increase potential classroom placements as well as the advertising and recruitment of bilingual coaches. 

Partnerships Table:

Fresno Unified School District (FUSD)

Site Vang Pao Elementary, Ewing Elementary, and Rowell Elementary
Demographics

District demographics:

  • African American: 8.1%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
  • Asian: 10.6%
  • Filipino: 0.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 68.6%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.4%
  • White: 9.1%
  • Two or more races: 2.3%
  • Not reported: 0%
Number of Candidates in 2019 Data unavailable.
Number of Candidates in 2020 2 candidates
Number of Candidates in 2021 11 candidates
Any pertinent details All in bilingual/dual immersion classroom placements

Madera Unified School District (MUSD)

Site James Madison Elementary 
Demographics

District demographics: 

  • African American: 1.5%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
  • Asian: 1.1%
  • Filipino: 0.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 90.1%
  • Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 5.4%
  • Two or more races: 0.7%
  • Not reported: 0.4%
Number of Candidates in 2019 None.
Number of Candidates in 2020 None.
Number of Candidates in 2021 9 candidates (first graduating cohort)
Any pertinent details All in bilingual/dual immersion classroom placements

Sanger Unified School District (SUSD)

Site Centerville Elementary
Demographics

District demographics: 

  • African American: 1.2%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 11.1%
  • Filipino: 0.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 69.7%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • White: 12.7%
  • Two or more races: 2.7%
  • Not reported: 1.8%
Number of Candidates in 2019 Data unavailable
Number of Candidates in 2020 Data unavailable
Number of Candidates in 2021 3 candidates (first time cohort tracked)
Any pertinent details All in bilingual/dual immersion classroom placements

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