Teaching in the United States
The Alliance for Catholic Education offers talented, faith-filled college graduates the opportunity to renew and transform Catholic school classrooms through their Teaching Fellows program. ACE teachers form a select cohort of the nation's top emerging Catholic school teachers and leaders, and through ACE's innovative instructional model, they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to serve some of the most under-resourced schools in the United States.
ACE Teaching Fellows do not just get the chance to serve a school in need--they get professional preparation that will enable them to make a deep and profound difference in the lives of the children they serve. The ACE M.Ed. intensively prepares teachers by integrating graduate level coursework with an immersion teaching experience. Throughout their two years teaching in under-resourced Catholic schools, ACE teachers earn a cost-free Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, they are eligible for state licensure as a teacher.
Blue Engine partners with school leaders, teachers, and Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs) to create a powerful classroom environment for students in which teachers and BETAs teach together as a team, resulting in dramatic academic gains in gateway subjects. Blue Engine recruits, trains, and matches a team of three BETAs with a certified lead teacher in English/Language Arts or Algebra in 8th, 9th or 10th grades. More educators in the classroom reduces the teacher to student ratio from about 1:30 to 1:6, enabling teachers to build authentic relationships with students, provides significantly more instructional hours during class and before/after school, and differentiates, individualizes and personalizes instruction. The teacher-BETA collaboration enables daily student-centered reflection and learning that improves teacher practice. At the same time, Blue Engine's hybrid model helps a diverse, local wave of educators enter the teaching profession through an apprenticeship (as a BETA and AmeriCorps member), teaching alongside a team for one or two years with the opportunity to earn their teaching credential in their second year through the Relay Graduate School of Education.
The Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is an innovative program in urban education that combines graduate coursework toward a master's degree in Education with a full year of co-teaching under the guidance of an experienced Mentor Teacher before placement as a full-time teacher in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). BTR recruits talented, committed individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds to enter a 13-month Teacher Residency modeled on a clinical teaching hospital approach; residents apply theory to practice, taking rigorous coursework and gaining extensive hands-on, practical experience in the classroom. They then continue to receive formal support and professional development during the first three years and beyond of their teaching careers. BTR's mission is to drive significant student achievement gains through the recruitment, preparation, and support of exceptional teachers in Boston.
Founded in 1978 in San Francisco, Breakthrough Collaborative has changed the lives of tens of thousands of students, utilizing a unique dual mission to: increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and put them on the trajectory of a successful college path; and to inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Breakthrough Collaborative’s innovative Students Teaching Students model serves two key constituencies: underserved, middle-school students and teaching fellows, the high school and college students who teach and advise their middle school peers during multiple six-week academically rigorous summer sessions. Fellows teach and mentor under the aegis of professional educators drawn from public and private schools across the country, who supervise and guide teaching fellows as they embark on their first steps as educators. Breakthrough summer teaching appointments are throughout the United States.
KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes public charter schools have joined forces to create the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) program in Washington D.C. CTR is an intensive year-long teacher training program based in the highest performing charter schools in Washington, DC. This highly selective program focuses on the areas of Math and Science, Special Education, and Early Childhood.
The National Teaching Fellowship is a unique, two-year professional and leadership development program. The Fellowship is a paid service program that offers a diverse range of experiences to people of varied backgrounds who have high potential as educators and leaders in the non-profit sector. Teaching Fellows (TFs) are essential to the success of the Citizen Schools' program. These engaging, dedicated, and caring adults work closely with urban middle-school students and their families to help transform lives. Each TF leads a group of approximately 18-23 students, supporting their academic achievement through structured academic support and by facilitating hands-on, learning activities led by community volunteers. The Citizen Schools' program offers TFs the opportunity to engage students in a diverse range of educational experiences and provides leadership development support--with the ultimate goal of preparing students for high school success and enhanced college and career access.
The City on a Hill Urban Teaching Fellowship is an on-site licensure program focused on training effective urban educators. The fellowship is a one-year program (beginning in late August) intended to train and certify individuals interested in a career teaching in urban public high schools. Fellows are trained and mentored by veteran City on a Hill teachers while taking graduate courses at Boston University toward a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. They receive a $16,000 stipend and significantly reduced tuition in exchange for teaching in an urban public school for two years upon completion of the program.
City Year Americorps members serve in 28 cities nationwide. They spend 11 months working full-time in more than 300 schools to give students the extra support they need to graduate and to become college and career ready. City Year partners with Americorp in their work to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, City Year mentors and tutors help increase graduation rates across the country and change the lives of the students they serve.
The Free School, a democratically run preK-8th grade independent school in the south end of Albany, New York, offers a comprehensive, yearlong residential internship program that includes valuable learning experiences both in and outside of school. The program offers the opportunity to intern at the longest running urban free school in the United States, and with ongoing support and guidance from members of the teaching staff, gain firsthand experience in a uniquely child-centered learning environment. Many former interns have gone on to teach at other alternative schools, public schools, and some have even gone on to start their own schools. This residential internship program is a typically a full school year commitment, but the school is open to 3 or 6 month internships as well. The school year (including a staff orientation and work week) generally runs from the last week in August to the second week in June.
The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is a state-accredited, 24-month teacher preparation program that prepares, supports, and certifies highly qualified individuals to become teachers in the District of Columbia. Inspired Teaching Fellows begin their teacher career with a residency year, working under the guidance of a lead teacher, gaining knowledge and experience to enable a smooth transition into their teaching career. In the second year, Fellows, as teachers of record, continue with coursework and mentoring. The Inspired Teacher Certification Program prepares educators in two areas: Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new math and science teachers with professional development, resources and support to improve STEM education in schools. During this 5-year program, Fellows receive professional development from experienced educators and financial support for professional development, classroom materials, and other resources. Approximately 35 individuals are selected each year to receive KSTF Fellowships. KSTF is looking for dedicated, passionate individuals who are committed to teaching, who demonstrate the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and who have the potential to lead and drive change in education.
Math for America is a nonprofit organization that has the mission to improve math education in secondary public schools in the United States. The MfA Fellowship is a highly selective, five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach mathematics in public secondary schools. The Fellowship includes one year earning a master’s degree in education and four years teaching math and participating in MfA corps activities and professional development. MfA Fellows are mathematically sophisticated individuals who are new to teaching and use their talents to make a difference in students’ lives. There are Math for America placements in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, and New York City.
Match, a non-profit organization, works to close the achievement gap among primary and secondary school students through innovations in full-time tutoring and teacher training. Match operates high-performing urban public charter schools, a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for high-poverty schools, and a hybrid college and jobs program that seeks unprecedented degree completion rates and employment outcomes. Recent college graduates can apply for the Sposato Graduate School of Education, which seeks to create unusually effective rookie teachers and school leaders for low-income students. At the end of the two-year program, students are awarded a master's degree in Effective Teaching. The program is mapped backwards from the demands of working in the highest performing urban public schools in America. Recent college graduates can also apply for the Match Corps-Boston, a program ideal for a gap year opportunity before going to graduate or professional school, which allows Corp members to get into education policy or reform as well as learn more about how and where they can make a difference with urban youth and families.
Modeled after the Peace Corps, the Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) is a two-year program that trains non-education majors to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. In addition to teaching, participants earn a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Because the program accepts between only 25-35 candidates each year, the MTC can offer individualized support and all participants move as a cohort through each stage of the training and coursework. During the school year all the MTC participants teach in critical-needs school districts in Mississippi and attend graduate classes at the University of Mississippi.
The MTC also offers the Mississippi Teacher Fellowship, designed as an innovative partnership to address Mississippi’s teacher shortage. The purpose of the program is to attract qualified teachers to the critical teacher shortage areas of Mississippi. Scholarships will be made available to persons seeking a Master of Education or Educational Specialist degree at a Mississippi institution of higher learning in exchange for a three-year teaching committment in these geographical shortage areas. The vision for the Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program is to provide educational experiences to students enrolled in at-risk schools that will allow these students to participate fully in the economic and social opportunities of our nation.
The Paraclete Academy in Boston, MA seeks mission-driven teachers who want to work for social justice through education. Paraclete students come from low-income families (about 60% live below the poverty line) and are fiercely dedicated to their studies. Paraclete teachers are dedicated to making a difference to the children of the South Boston community while looking for an opportunity to acquire expertise in the fields of education and community service. The Paraclete Academy works in the after-school setting and has three overarching goals: to support students' academic development, to enrich their educations through explorations, and to help families navigate the Boston school landscape.
Teach for America places recent college graduates in teaching positions in public schools across the country. Corps members teach grades K-12, in all subjects. The mission of TFA is to reduce the educational gap among American students. Baylor Alumni have served all across the country with TFA.
The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP works with schools, districts, and states to provide excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advance policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. TNTP Teaching Fellows is a rigorous alternative certification program that recruits and trains talented career changers and recent college graduates to be outstanding teachers in high-need schools across the country.
Fellows choose where they want to teach. There are programs in Baltimore, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Fort Worth, Indiana, Nashville, New York City, and New Orleans. After an intensive summer training program to learn the fundamentals of great teaching, Fellows enter the classroom, teaching full-time, earning a full teacher's salary. Throughout the year, Fellows receive personalized coaching and helpful feedback about their performance. They also participate in seminars to help them master more advanced teaching techniques.
Concord Academy, located in Concord, Massasschusetts, established The Wilcox Fellows Program in 2000 to honor retiring Headmaster Thomas E. Wilcox, whose commitment to nurturing teaching talent and to increasing diversity were hallmarks of his nineteen years of distinguished leadership. The program celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2014-15 and with this milestone comes an opportunity to reaffirm its mission and advance its value and contributions to the School. These endowed Fellowships allow the School to identify and work with promising young people from populations under-represented in independent schools. Through mentoring, encouragement, and supportive supervision from seasoned and devoted teachers, recent college graduates are provided with an opportunity to test their interest in making teaching a career. In return, the School benefits from the presence, perspective, and insight of enthusiastic and evolving teachers.
What distinguishes this program from others of its kind is its commitment to one primary goal: helping talented people learn how to teach. Fellows meet regularly with other teachers new to the School to talk about teaching and learning. They are mentored by a colleague and supervised by the Dean of Faculty and Department Chair. Wilcox Fellows are not required to coach, advise students, or live in a student house, though they may choose to do so with the guidance of their mentor. Fellows carry half-time teaching or subject loads and are able to put their full energy into developing expertise and skill in their chosen subject or area of school life, while nurturing a commitment to working with adolescents in a stimulating and supportive academic setting.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program offers intensive master’s-level teacher preparation, including a year of classroom experience, for exceptionally qualified candidates. Eligible applicants may be graduating seniors or recent grads/alumni; they should have a commitment to teaching in the urban and rural schools that most often lack strong STEM teachers; and they must have completed STEM degrees. The Fellowships are available this year in Georgia and New Jersey (with more states now in the works). Fellows attend a partner institution in one of these states and commit to teach for three years in the same state, but they need not be from that state. Fellows receive a generous stipend ($30,000 or more, depending on location) to complete the master’s program. Throughout their three-year teaching commitment, they continue to receive mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools.