Century High School's TEACH Academy Advisory Board held its fall meeting at the UCI School of Education on October 23. TEACH (Teacher Education Academy Century High) is a program for Century high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in careers in teaching. The program helps participants develop a strong foundation for college.
TEACH Advisory Board members are educators from Chapman University, CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Century HS, Concordia University, KidWorks, Madison Elementary School, National University, Orange Coast College, Orange County Department of Education, Santa Ana College, & UCI. Members meet three times a year to review partnership activities, students' career technical education curriculum, proposed and completed field trips for TEACH members, internships, volunteer service, transfer scholarships, and other items brought forth by members.
During the fall advisory meeting, TEACH Project Director James Oveson summarized Century High School activities and led discussions that included updates on the Kidworks and Madison Elementary tutoring programs, PALS Literacy Program, First Generation Connections, STEM lessons at Higher Ground, Orange County Department of Education Pathway Day, and Early College opportunities where TEACH students who successfully complete the three-year pathway earn 15 units of articulated credit through Santa Ana College.
The Advisory Board's winter meeting will be held February 5, 2020 at CSU Fullerton, and the spring 2020 meeting on March 18 at Concordia University in Irvine.
While advisory board members were meeting, current TEACH Academy members toured UCI and then met in the School of Education to learn more about life as a college student. Organized by Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish and Student Affairs support member Christopher Martinez, TEACH students asked questions about the School of Education program and then engaged in a Q&A session with Martinez to learn more about his experiences as an undergraduate.