Meyer Memorial Trust awards the COE a grant to improve pathways for diverse and bilingual teachers
Author: Jillian Daley
Posted: November 25, 2019

The Meyer Memorial Trust recently awarded a $35,000 planning grant to the Portland State University (PSU) Foundation to support College of Education (COE) Dean Marvin Lynn’s vision to create a consortium that will help foster the growth of teacher pathway programs that recruit and retain diverse or multilingual teachers through the COE.

Lynn worked to secure the single-year planning grant for the COE to establish a new Diverse Teacher Pathways Consortium that strengthens the College’s infrastructure in support of its pathways programs, including the Portland Teachers ProgramBilingual Teacher Pathway, and American Indian Teacher Program

The Consortium is composed of members of the COE working in conjunction with the Multnomah, Clackamas, and NW Regional educational service districts. The new organization will draw on its current networks and programs to ensure that PSU remains a leader in the development and advancement pipeline of diverse K–12 teacher candidates into local school districts.

“We are thrilled with Meyer Memorial Trust’s support of our Consortium and are eager to leverage this new group’s extensive expertise and networking capacity to ensure that our pathways programs continue to thrive,” Lynn said.

The Consortium’s grant funds will go toward building a supportive infrastructure for pathways programs involving community collaboration.

“This is all part of a long-term plan to further improve diversity in the halls of the COE and in classrooms throughout the Portland area and the state at large,” said Adam Patterson, director of development in the PSU Foundation-COE.

The Bilingual Teacher Pathway guides bilingual classroom instructional assistants through the process of becoming fully licensed classroom elementary teachers. The program was established to address shortages of bilingual teachers in the Portland area, and it was founded in 1998 with a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

The American Indian Teacher Program was founded in 2010 with a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s office on Indian Education. The program’s goal is to train more Native American educators to teach in the area, especially in schools with a significant Native American representation. This is a crucial step for young students in order to have teachers who look like them in this area since Portland has the ninth largest Native American population in the United States. 

The Portland Teacher Program was established 30 years ago to recruit and retain teachers of color in order to increase the diversity of Portland school districts’ faculty. PTP students receive a full payment of tuition and fees and receive a master’s and teaching license at the same time through PSU’s Graduate Teacher Education Program. PTP is a partnership of Portland Public SchoolsPortland Community College, and the Beaverton School District.

Top Photo: Dean Marvin Lynn

Bottom Photo: Adam Patterson, director of development in the PSU Foundation-COE

You Can Help

To donate to the new Consortium, contact Adam Patterson, director of development for the PSU Foundation: College of Education, at 503-725-4789 or

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