Teaching as a Career (TAAC)

Teaching as a Career (TAAC)

Our nation and our state faces a serious teacher shortage. For the future of education, it is more imperative than ever that we empower people to explore teaching career pathway and nurture their development and growth.

To encourage high school students to pursue college-level teacher education programs, HEA supports the Teaching As A Career (TAAC) program. This program encourages and promotes high school clubs and CTE Education pathway to explore and foster interest in teaching as a career.

TAAC Symposium

On September 14, 2019, the Hawaii Education Association (HEA), in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education, Chaminade University, and Pi Lambda Theta – Beta Zeta Hawaii Chapter, hosted the fourth annual HEA Teaching As A Career (TAAC) Symposium.

Seven future teacher club advisors and teachers in the Department of Education’s CTE Education Pathway and two administrators attended the symposium.

The purposes of the symposium were:

  • To network and create an informal professional learning community of high school teachers, as well as state level and university educators, who are all engaged in motivating and developing future educators.
  • To provide an opportunity for teachers in the education program of study to share their best practices, knowledge and instructional resources and tools, and learn from one another.
  • To inform and involve secondary teachers in the teacher education learning continuum, keeping them abreast of new programs and initiatives at the high school and university levels.

Participants received a warm welcome to the Chaminade campus by Dr. Dean Fryxell, Dean of Education. Dr. Fryxell presented an overview of all their teacher education programs offered at Chaminade, and took the group on a campus tour. Wendell Tashiro from OCISS then spoke about the current trends and updates in the CTE program for the state. He also gave a summary of the P20 Conference Break-Out Session.

Krystine Pasion, Jessica Pagtulingan, Brooke-Alexandra Gascon-Vea, and Jaimy Valerio were former students of the CTE Education Pathway/Academy who participated as a panel to share their experiences about being in the education pathway/TAAC club in their high schools and how the pathway/club helped them to become teachers.

Maureen Purington, Director of the Windward Boys & Girls Club presented information about the various programs the club offers to the community.

Before the day ended, participants reported on their pathway/club best practices and school action planning. They also talked about the next steps for Professional Development and the needs for school support.

Teacher Education Program, Leilehua High School

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