Recruiting & Preparing the Next Generation of Bilingual Teachers: Exploring the Potential of California's Mini-Corps Program

Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Nadeen T. Ruiz & Samantha A. Smith
University of California, Davis

California's K-12 school system serves over 6.2 million students and one in four of these students are English learners. In 2016, voters passed Proposition 58, lifting previous restrictions on bilingual education programs. In particular, this study focuses on the California Mini-Corps (CMC) program: which aims to recruit and train college students from Migrant backgrounds to work throughout the state with Migrant children as tutors. Through a survey instrument, this study explores how participants in the CMC may serve as potential teacher candidates for modern bilingual programs, the community wealth CMC tutors bring to teaching, and what CMC tutors identify as critical features of a teacher credential program.

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