Teacher Pathway Cohort Visits Microsoft; Receives Microsoft Innovative Educator Certification

New students in the Fullerton College Teacher Pathway cohort visited Microsoft Corporation in Irvine on August 15 as part of their orientation week activities to attend Microsoft’s Innovative Educator workshop, a program created to show the fundamentals of applying technology in education.

The workshop also focuses on using Microsoft Technology in innovative ways in the classroom along with other activities that culminate in participants receiving a Microsoft Innovative Educator certification. The certification allows students and teachers to explore and create lesson plans, collaborate with other educators from around the world and take virtual field trips.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for students and professionals to network with other enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow,” said Grants/Economic and Workforce Development Director Monica Martin. Martin also oversees the OC Teacher Pathway Partnership/OC Pathways at Fullerton College.

Martin said during orientation week, the cohort of 32 students, also participated in campus tours of Fullerton College, completed the CliftonStrengths Assessment by Gallup, and were introduced to the Six Success Factors that Support Student Achievement, a framework of the Student Support (Re)defined study by RP Group for California Community Colleges. Students also heard from a Cal State Fullerton guest speaker who presented on integrated teaching programs for special education instruction.

Throughout the semester, students will also complete CPR/First Aid training and attend a CBEST workshop to prepare for entry-level jobs. Additionally, all are required to do some type experiential learning in an education environment, Martin said.

This is the second cohort under the Teacher Pathway Program. Students who remain in this cohort will complete two years at Fullerton College and are expected to graduate as early as spring 2020. Most of the students are recent graduates from Anaheim Union, Brea-Olinda Unified, Fullerton Union, and Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified school districts.

The Orange County Teacher Pathway Partnership at Fullerton College is designed to encourage students interested in teaching to participate in a pre-professional preparation program. The Teacher Pathway Program provides career and personal development, leadership development, peer-assisted tutoring, mentoring, counseling and support services. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2oj2z2R

Author: Fullerton College

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