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Clinical Work

STEP upholds the fundamental belief that the goal of the educational enterprise is the success of all students, and that this goal should organize the joint work of both researchers and practitioners. Theory and practice join for the accomplishment of this key goal.

By enacting practice across the university and fieldwork settings, candidates learn from experience both in and from practice. Pairing candidates with cooperating teachers who understand STEP's vision of teaching heightens the probability that candidates are working with cooperating teachers whose teaching practices reflect and reinforce what candidates are learning in STEP coursework. Cooperating teachers are selected by committees of expert teacher educators who consider the alignment between their teaching and the STEP curriculum, their dedication to mentoring new teachers, and their experience in the classroom. Cooperating teachers must have at least three years of teaching experience in their area of certification and a strong commitment and willingness to mentor and support teacher candidates..

About Our Placements

STEP-Secondary teacher candidates (TCs) are placed in year-long classroom teaching situations under the guidance of expert cooperating teachers in local middle schools and high schools. Increasingly, placements are with partner schools that are actively engaged in projects of school reform. Together with the cooperating teacher, the university supervisor provides direct and invaluable support for STEP candidates during their student teaching experience.

Current Year Placements

Menlo-Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027
(650) 322-5311
Sequoia Union High School District
Berkeley High School
1980 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-6121
Berkeley Unified School District
Cupertino High School
10100 Finch Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 366-7300
Fremont Union High School District
Homestead High School
21370 Homestead Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 522-2500
Fremont Union High School District
Eastside College Preparatory School
1041 Myrtle St
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 688-0850
Mountain View High School
3535 Truman Ave
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 940-4600
Mountain View Los Altos District
Henry M. Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 354-8200
Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 329-3701
Palo Alto Unified School District
Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Ave
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 367-9780
Sequoia Union High School District
Abraham Lincoln High School
2162 24th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 759-2700
San Francisco Unified School District
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
3351 23rd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-5881
San Francisco Unified School District
June Jordan School for Equity
25 La Grande Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 452-4922
San Francisco Unified School District
Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Dr
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 759-2730
San Francisco Unified School District
Mission High School
3750 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 241-6240
San Francisco Unified School District
Phillip & Sarah Burton Academic High
400 Mansell St
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 469-4550
San Francisco Unified School District
Thurgood Marshall High
45 Conkling St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 695-5612
San Francisco Unified School District
Del Mar High School
1224 Del Mar Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 626-3403
Campbell Union High School District
James Lick High School
57 N White Rd
San Jose, CA 95127
(408) 347-4400
East Side Union High School District
Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 535-6290
San Jose Unified School District
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy
1855 Lucretia Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Lynbrook High School
1280 Johnson Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 366-7700
Fremont Union High School District
San Jose High School
275 N 24th S
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 535-6320
San Jose Unified School District
Summit Public School: Tahoma
285 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 729-1981
Summit Public Schools
Willow Glen High School
2001 Cottle Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 535-6330
San Jose Unified School District
Aragon High School
900 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 558-2999
San Mateo Union High School District
Hillsdale High School
3115 Del Monte St
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 558-2699
San Mateo Union High School District
San Mateo High School
506 N Delaware Stbr /> San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 558-2399
San Mateo Union High School District
Adrian Wilcox High School
3250 Monroe St
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 423-2400
Santa Clara Unified School District
Columbia Middle School
739 Morse Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 522-8247
Sunnyvale Elementary School District
Fremont High School
1279 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 522-2400
Fremont Union High School District
Woodside High School
199 Churchill Ave
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 367-9750
Sequoia Union High School District

In order to support the improvement of practice, STEP has developed professional partner relationships with local schools that serve diverse populations and that are engaged in reforms of teaching and schooling aimed at excellence and equity. These schools serve as sites for the placement of cohorts of beginning teachers and as hubs for professional development activity focused upon strengthening teaching and redesigning schools. The partnerships promote further coherence in STEP by providing opportunities for school and university faculty to co-construct clinical coursework.