Evaluation of the Bay Area STEM Summer Institute: Final Report
MPR Associates, Inc. (MPR) of Berkeley, California conducted an evaluation of the 2011 Bay Area STEM Summer Institute. The Institute is an academic and career preparation program intended to encourage and support participants from the Bay Area Teacher Pathway in becoming effective STEM learning leaders and in pursuing careers as STEM teachers. The Bay Area Teacher Pathway Initiative, which is part of a larger California Teacher Pathway Initiative, is, in part, a response to the projected shortage in California of qualified teachers, particularly in math and science. One of the solutions to this problem is an effort to expand the pool of qualified teaching candidates by training disadvantaged youth, veterans, and displaced workers to become teachers in their communities. Specifically, the five-year pathway incorporates Community College (CC) and California State University (CSU) training, while participants pursue a teaching credential. Further, short-term teaching employment in after-school programs during the pathway serve as a foundation for accelerated teacher training, preparing Teacher Pathway participants for positions in local school districts.