A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
Roots LA is the first teacher training program of its kind—offering college juniors in Los Angeles the opportunity to train to become teachers and earn a job offer before heading off into senior year. You’ll join a cohort of 50 Fellows training to become a team of exceptional educators and be prepared to impact L.A.’s children through your own classroom in the Fall of 2020.
We are proud of our roots and proud to call L.A. home. As one of the country’s most diverse cities, we believe that diversity should be reflected in L.A. classrooms. Yet, in a city where nearly 90 percent of students are people of color, only 60 percent of teachers are people of color. While teachers of any background can make a difference in the lives of students, we believe (and research supports) that students benefit from teachers of similar backgrounds. In our inaugural cohort, 95 percent of our Fellows were people of color, many of whom were graduates of schools in Los Angeles themselves
A SPIRIT OF INNOVATION
A city that needs no introduction, L.A. epitomizes the belief that all things are possible. From Hollywood to SpaceX to Homeboy Industries, Angelenos tackle challenges with resolve, optimism, and innovation. We are committed to making the City of Angels a place where all students can dream big—and have the knowledge and support to realize those dreams.
California faces an increasing shortage of qualified teachers to meet students’ needs—and minority communities are bearing the brunt of this shortfall. District, charter, and magnet schools have struggled to identify the teachers they need for historically hard-to-staff positions in math, science, bilingual education and special education. Roots LA is recruiting and college Junior Angelenos who want to make a difference in their home communities by helping every student receive a great education. Our first cohort consisted of juniors recruited from UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, CSU LA, CSU Long Beach, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, University of Southern California, Claremont McKenna, and Vanguard.