Our teachers play a critical role in shifting the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students at Caliber Schools. They all share the unwavering belief that children deserve a rigorous education, regardless of their zip code. With compassion and commitment, they give their all to make sure our students get an excellent education.
We want our teachers to succeed, and they need our help. Limited resources coupled with a high cost of living make it difficult for our teachers to thrive, and to make teaching a long term, sustainable career. Plus, teaching is very hard and demanding work! Small gestures like library book donations, classroom decorations, and professional development opportunities can make a world of a difference.
Our teacher appreciation program, Caliber Teacher Champions, in its 2nd year, provides the opportunity to directly support teachers who work tirelessly to educate and empower the next generation of leaders. True to Heart, a core Caliber pillar, we invite the Bay Area community to support our teachers by participating in this new program.
Starting Fall 2019, approximately fifteen teachers from each Caliber school (Richmond and Vallejo, CA) will have the opportunity to participate in our 2nd year of this program. Teachers will be paired one-on-one with a Bay Area Leader who will support the teacher for the duration of the school year. Mentors will offer time and resources -- with anything from piloting a book drive to support the teacher’s library, to providing career advice, to sending the teacher out for a nice meal a few times a year.
We would like to thank the 24 teacher champions who participated in the 2018-19 pilot program, it was a HUGE success and we are grateful.
The vision of this program is to:
help teacher retention and satisfaction by giving extra love and support
support our teachers’ classroom and professional development needs
build and strengthen the Caliber community beyond our campus boundaries
provide a new opportunity to give back and directly support teachers who are doing the on-the-ground work
How It Works
Caliber matches Teacher Champions (TC’s) to Teachers based on urgency and alignment of asks and gives.
Teacher Champions sign and complete Champion MOU and attend mandatory Orientation: a virtual or in-person meeting to review expectations and logistics of how the program will work. Teachers will similarly be provided with a Teacher Info Meeting to discuss the same.
Caliber introduces Teacher Champions and Teacher via email by September 15, 2019.
Teacher Champions and Teachers will meet in person or via phone for kick-off conversation by September 30th, with monthly communications moving forward. Caliber will check-in with the Teacher Champion at least once per quarter to track progress.