Teaching What Matters

How the Bard MAT in Los Angeles Works

How Bard MAT Works

The Bard MAT program is an immersive, community-based teaching residency, public school-higher ed collaboration, credentialing and graduate degree program that trains and places pre-professionals in teaching and mentoring roles at partnering secondary schools, community organizations, after-school initiatives, and arts and academic enrichment programs throughout Los Angeles.

Develop Your Intellect
Deepen your subject matter passion and acquire methods for sharing it with students.
Grow in Community
Meet faculty and classmates who share your commitments, support your work, and expand your horizon.
Inspire Your Students
Learn how to listen to students and show how much you care about their ideas.
Elevate a Profession
Join the struggle for better schools, better teaching, and a better Los Angeles.
Forge a Career
Use your degree and teaching experience to invent new roles for yourself as an educator and leader.

Program candidates complete field placements aligning with a variety of teaching roles determined in collaboration with faculty and partnering organizations. These roles include jobs in local schools, serving as assistant teachers, teaching and mentoring in after-school enrichment programs, or working in unpaid instructional positions at non-profits or public schools.

Candidates can earn a California single subject teaching credential in 14 months while teaching and completing the M.A.T. degree. The program is structured to support candidates capable of immediate part-time employment and/or full-time credentialed employment by the second year of the residency.

The program includes guided inquiry into teaching, expanding instructional experiences mentoring college-bound youth in after-school programming, faculty mentoring, classroom-based research, peer-to-peer instruction, academic research projects in literature, history, or ethnic studies, restorative justice practices, completion of a credit-bearing student teaching placement in a public school, and ongoing job placement assistance.

This combination of courses and approved field work leads to a California single subject teaching credential and/or an M.A.T. degree in literature, history, mathematics, or music. The program is structured to support candidates capable of immediate part-time employment and/or full-time credentialed employment by the second year of the program.

Candidates are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Bard community and enroll in Bard MAT coursework designed to support the development of meaningful educative relationships with the middle and high school youth.

Teaching What Matters Speaker Series

Bard is dedicated to expanding conversations about the role of teachers and teaching in the Arts and Humanities, especially in diverse, under-resourced public schools. Sponsored by the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program and the Longy School of Music at Bard College, this series brings noted scholars, writers, performers, artists, musicians, and scientists to Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to provoke dialogue about what good teaching looks like in a variety of disciplinary fields. (Facebook info on Previous Events)

Vernon Keeve III
Explicating Justice: A Workshop on Utilizing Principles of Social and Restorative Justice in the Classroom
Bard MAT alumnus Vernon Keeve is an English and History teacher for the Oakland Unified School District. He has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch online magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, and Entropy. He received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University, and was a featured reader at the SF Jazz Poetry Festival. He is the founder of the Association of Black and Brown Writers with Nomadic Press, an editor for the Oakland Review, and curates and hosts readings in the Bay Area.
How Can Black Mountain College Matter to Schools Today?
An Arts & Education Roundtable Discussion
Bard College MAT Los Angeles--in conversation with UCLA's Hammer Museum exhibition, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957--is hosting a community roundtable to discuss this compelling model of interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Our roundtable, open to the public, seeks a variety people interested in the arts, humanities and education, to participate in this conversation.  Expand for more.Expand
Scenes from Entre Les Murs
A community workshop
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
MAT Building
520 S. Lafayette Park Place
Entre Les Murs depicts the experiences of an earnest literature teacher carefully acclimating to a job in a multicultural Parisian secondary school while negotiating a tense, overlapping dispute between students. The award-winning film is has been widely praised by professional educators for its depiction of pedagogy, school politics, and the challenges and opportunities presented when working with diverse student populations.
Joaquin Noguera
Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning
Researcher, consultant, social worker, activist, former teacher, UCLA graduate student and visting faculty at Bard MAT, Joaquin's work explores possibilities for resistance, healing, transformation, and equity for historically oppressed communities
Ethnic Studies and Education Activism in Los Angeles
A Roundtable and Discussion
Floridalma Boj Lopez, USC and Bard MAT
Steven Osuna, Cal State Long Beach
Luis Hernandez, Heart of Los Angeles
Samantha Sanchez, Westlake Advocacy
Rocio Garcia ('14), TEACH Academy of Technologies  Expand for more.Expand
Margaret Rhee
Learning through Creating

Editor, scholar, poet, and new media artist. Visiting Researcher in Asian American Studies at UCLA's Institute of American Cultures and managing editor of Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and experimental poetry published out of the University of California, Berkeley
Luis Alfaro
Making the Citizen Artist
MacArthur award-winning playwright, theater director, poet, and social activist. University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts faculty and associate artist at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Magic Theatre in San Francisco and Playwrights Arena in Los Angeles.  Noted plays include "Oedipus El Rey," "Bitter Homes and Gardens," "Pico Union," "Downtown," "Cuerpo Politizado," "Straight as a Line," "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner," "No Holds Barrio" and "Black Butterfly."
Nick Flynn
The Poetic Imagination in the Public School Classroom

PEN/Martha Albrand award-winning memiorist, poet, and playwright. Author of several books of prose and poetry including Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Reenactments, and Some Ether, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Flynn's poems, essays, and non-fiction have been featured in The New Yorker, Paris ReviewThis American Life, and The New York Times Book Review.

Anna Joy Springer
Creative Collaboration and Generative Critique
Writer, visual artist, performer, and award-winning teacher. Director of the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, San Diego. Author of The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace Press) and The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis Press).
Vince Womack
Elevating Students and Community Through Music.
Grammy-nominated musician, USC Thornton School of Music faculty, band director at Foshay Learning Center, winner of the Mr. Holland's Opus Outstanding Teacher Award, the USC Good Neighbor Award.  Featured in the PBS documentary Jazz Ticket.

Armando Vazquez-Ramos
How Teachers and Historians can Institutionalize Ethnic Studies
Veteran educator, historian, and political activist, Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos been recognized for promoting California-Mexico relations for more than 20 years, teaching Chicano/Latino education, history, immigration, politics, public policy, and US-Mexico relations at the CSU Long Beach. As a student, Vazquez-Ramos helped to establish the Chicano and Latino Studies Department and later became Coordinator of the California-Mexico Project where he promoted the establishment of Mexican universities in the U.S. including UNAM, Universidad de Guadalajara and Universidad de Colima in the L.A.-area.
Jonathan Zimmerman
The Impossible Dream: Sex Education in the Modern World

with Special Guest Daniel Yoo
Professor of History; Department Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions, New York University (Steinhardt). Author of several books on American History including Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education (Princeton, 2015). Zimmerman is also a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Review of BooksNew York Times, LA TimesWashington PostNew Republic, and other popular newspapers and magazines.