Kern Urban Teacher Residency Program Hosts Mentor Awards

June 6, 2017 – The Kern Urban Teacher Residency (KUTR) recently hosted an awards ceremony honoring the teachers and mentors that participated in the 2016-2017 program.  The KUTR is a recently implemented program of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) that, according to its mission statement, is dedicated to excellence in preparing educators with distinguished pedagogical skills, cultural competency and connection to the community for BCSD.

This year, 28 teacher mentors participated in the program: 17 from elementary schools and 11 from junior high/middle schools. The mentors provided training and support to newer teachers in the district to prepare them for success as an educator, and to help ensure BCSD students receive the highest quality educational experience possible.

Brandon Ware, Coordinator of the KUTR program said, “During the Mentor Teacher training process, the mentors are provided an objective based observation tool in order to provide support to their residents.  The mentors also work on conflict resolution methods, lesson plan development, coaching techniques and relationship building.”

The awards ceremony was created to recognize mentors and participants for their hard work and dedication, not only to the KUTR program, but to the students they educate each day.

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