Teacher Assistant, Tutor Appreciation

Teacher Assistants (TAs) in the Math and Science Teacher Initiative Program and Noyce Scholars Program along with Tutors in the Project Reach Program were recognized for their hard work  in the 2015-2016 school year with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at CSU Dominguez Hills.

For the school year, TAs and Tutors were tasked with providing academic support to students in high-need areas in and around Los Angeles. The positive outcomes strengthened the relationship between CSI3 and our partnered school districts.

Every Teacher in the Transition To Teaching (TTT) and Secondary Special Education Teacher Interventionist (SSETI) Program receives a TA  during their first year of teaching. The additional support in the classroom assists first-year teachers who are working to get acclimated in their new careers.

TAs are candidates in MSTI and Noyce programs who are assigned first-year teachers every semester until they finish their program. Once they are finished, and enter the classroom as teachers, they too will receive a TA.

For Project Reach, the initiative is a joint partnership between Compton Unified School District (CUSD), the College of Education (COE) and California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3) at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

In the partnership, college students hired by Project Reach are trained to tutor K-12 students from CUSD in a variety of subject areas.

“The partnership that we’ve formed has made all of us successful,” says Erin Walker, Compton Unified School District Elementary Instructional Services Administrator. “It has made the tutors successful. It’s made the students successful, the university successful and has made Compton successful.”

Data shows that in the short time Project Reach tutors started working at CUSD schools, they are making a visible difference in academic performance.

“The role you play in the classroom really changed lives on a daily basis,” said Dr. Kamal Hamdan, executive director of CSI3 to TAs and Tutors at a luncheon acknowledging their work. “You played multiple roles of children, especially young adults … to have a better chance life. The role that you play in the lives of young adults, you cannot place a dollar amount on what you have done.”

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