• Addressing the Teacher Shortage in Southern California




    Teach Rialto is a comprehensive initiative aimed at addressing the nationwide teacher shortage and its impact on the Rialto Unified School District.  The program offers individuals interested in pursuing a career in teaching through one of three options: Career Technical Education (CTE), Project Impact, and Teacher Residency.  Teach Rialto provides financial assistance and support to motivate and inspire highly effective and culturally responsive teachers who will meet the academic and social emotional needs of student in the District.


    Purpose: (Threefold)


    1. Mitigate the Teacher Shortage

    2. Career Technical Education Teacher Pathway is for high school students interested in a teaching career.  This option provides opportunities for students to explore teaching as a profession, develop essential teaching skills, earn college credit while still in high school, and receive support in transferring and gaining acceptance to California State University, San Bernardino.

    3. Project Impact is a program available to current District employees who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.  This program is primarily for males of color who wish to teach in Rialto.  Project Impact provides intentional outreach, recruitment, and financial support to ensure candidates enroll at California State University, San Bernardino, complete their bachelor’s degree and or teacher credential, and are employed as teachers in the District.  

    4. Teacher Residency is a program designed for all employees who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching. The program offers financial support and mentoring while completing the required university coursework for a teaching credential. The residency program allows teacher candidates to learn in authentic contexts with skilled mentors, ensuring they enter the teaching profession fully prepared.


    1.  Meet the Diverse Needs of Students


    The three teacher pathway options are intended to address the teach shortage as well as ensure all teacher candidate are well prepared and committed to educational equity and social justice.  There is a need for students to be taught by caring teachers, preferably by caring teachers who share similar cultural experiences and ethnic backgrounds to those of students, especially males of color.  There is evidence that students experience a greater level of academic success when they are taught and interact with educators who look like them.


    1. Staff High Need Subjects


    While mitigating the teacher shortage and ensuring ethnic and gender representation to reflects our student population, Teach Rialto additionally encourages and prioritizes teacher candidates who commit to obtaining teaching credentials in difficult to staff subjects, such as math, science, and special education.  Vacancies in difficult to staff subjects can have a deleterious effect on a student’s educational experience.     


    Through Teach Rialto, the Rialto Unified School District is committed to student success by addressing the teacher shortage and inspiring socially conscientious teachers with specific academic backgrounds to become teachers in the District.  The goal is to eliminate the immediate teacher shortage and have a viable source of teacher candidates to prevent shortages in the future.  


    Make a difference and help us reach our ambitious $18 million fundraising goal. Your generous donation will contribute to the success of the Teach Rialto program, enabling our team to recruit, train, and support passionate educators who will make a difference in the lives of students.  Support Teach Rialto so that together we can transform education in Rialto and increase the overall vitality of this beautiful community.

  • Program Details

  • Project Impact

  • Career Technical Education (CTE)

  • Teacher Residency