Pathways & Support for Talented Educators

When educators are inspired, empowered, and supported, magic happens in the classroom. The Chamberlin Family Foundation invests in West Contra Costa not-for-profit organizations that recruit, develop and retain the area’s best educators. Our grants directly support hiring one in four new public school teachers and recruiting or training one in six new public school principals.

To more directly support educators, the Foundation also funds hundreds of Gratitude Grants each year.

Partnering closely with TrueSchool Studio, the Chamberlin Family Foundation launched the School Design Fellowship with an inaugural cohort of six WCCUSD schools. The Fellowship equips educators to design and lead new learning models within their schools while engendering a culture of creativity and collaboration among school teams. Read more about our School Design Fellowship in the December 6, 2017 Superintendent’s Report.

102Group works with schools across the United States to lead comprehensive school quality reviews. 102Group facilitates a team of leaders from other local schools to analyze data gathered through staff and student surveys, staff and student interviews, and classroom observations with the goal of identifying high-level strengths, areas for growth, and recommended focus areas. In 2017-18, Verde Elementary, Richmond College Prep, and Caliber Beta Academy will participate in school quality reviews.

New Leaders has trained dozens of teachers to be leaders and principals in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The program is a nationally recognized pathway for professional development. It targets educators who are eager to make a greater impact in the classroom and beyond.

New Leaders is a rigorous program designed to drive change at the school and system level. Ten percent of principals in West Contra Costa are now New Leaders principals!

Relay GSE is a best-in-class leadership development program for teachers and principals. In Summer 2017, Relay led a 4-day professional development series in the Bay Area to prepare school administrators to become more effective, data driven instructional and cultural leaders. The Chamberlin Family Foundation supported scholarships for 20 West Contra Costa school leaders to attend.

Teach For America-Richmond works to recruit and train teachers for West Contra Costa schools. Teach For America helps bring roughly 50 new educators to the district each year. The goal is to bring an increasingly diverse teaching force into the community, including former West Contra Costa students who return home to teach.

The program helps address California’s teacher shortage by creating a robust pathway for talent, especially in our highest need schools.