$2.6M grant aims to open Sac State’s Latino teacher pipeline
The diversity of K-12 student populations will be increasingly matched by those kids’ teachers, thanks to a federal grant to Sacramento State and two other CSU campuses.
The grants are aimed to raise the number of teachers who come from Latino communities by boosting the universities’ ability to create and maintain partnerships between higher education and K-12 districts, explore teacher preparation, and improve collaboration between mentors and teachers, among other means of outreach and training.
Sac State, one of the nation’s most diverse universities, received more than $2.6 million, as did CSU Long Beach and Sonoma State. The total of $8.1 million is aimed at reducing the disparity between the number of teachers with Latino and Hispanic backgrounds, and students from those communities.
Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen acknowledges the importance of the grant and the goals it supports. “It is vital that young students have teachers who look like them and who reflect their culture. This grant will allow Sacramento State to meet the needs of our city and region.”