CSI3 teacher-candidates and professor, Dr. Cecilia Duenas attended NASA’s Educator Institute at Jet Propolsion Laboratory. The institute invites students who are preparing to be STEM educators at under-represented, high-needs schools for a weeklong training on how to teach STEM subjects.
Dozens of impressive nominations for the best first-year teacher were submitted to Los Angeles Unifed School District. Fortunately, a former participant in our Transition to Teaching (TTT) program, Dr. LaTeira Haynes, won the 2016 “Rookie Teacher of the Year” award.
In 2015, CSI3 offered Janet Mejia—a teacher-candidate in the NOYCE program—the opportunity to participate in a research internship with Dr. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, a professor in the Department of Biology at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
A teacher-candidate walked into the Friday summer session of CSI³’s Teacher Support Institute (TSI) overwhelmed by their first couple of weeks in Lab School. One of our staff noticed the discomfort of the new teacher. Concerned, the candidate was offered the opportunity to talk about their experiences in navigating their beginning time in the classroom.
Dr. Jill Aguilar, a Cal State University, Dominguez Hills’ professor who works with the institute, offered important life and career advice to future teachers at our culmination ceremony on June 28, 2016. Retiring after 30 years of teaching, Dr. Aguilar imparted her wisdom in 5 simple, yet profound tips. In attendance were graduates and teachers who completed their teaching credentials.
Jairo Diae, a nine-year-old student involved in Lab School presented a challenge on one of the last days of school. He wrote Boeing about his proposal for them to build a prototype of a jet he designed as a result of the exposure to aeronautics engineering by our teachers.