Resident teachers will serve in 14 month residency working a co-teacher along side a host teacher while also earning a Masters of Science in Education from Urban Teachers' higher education partner--Johns Hopkins University School of Education. They will receive over 1400 hours in real classroom experience learning their craft while also having an enormous impact in the classroom and working with small groups of students.
Resident teachers will co-plan with their host teacher. They will have 9 weeks of student teaching when they will teach all the students all day--one week in October, another two weeks in January and the remaining weeks in April and May. They will also periodically teach additional classes as part of their clinical work for their master's degree. They will teach a small group of students as well. They will also serve at their school as a substitute teacher up to 8 days. They will also have two different host teacher/class experiences, one in the fall and one in the winter/spring so they can learn about different grade and content areas. They will also take graduate courses in the afternoons and evenings.
Community Need Addressed
Increase the number of culturally competent, effective urban teachers in the school district and charter management organization partners of Urban Teachers in Dallas/Fort Worth, DC and Baltimore. Urban Teachers only works with Title 1/high poverty public schools (both traditional and charter).
Become an effective urban teacher that will stay in the classroom for at least four years (one year as a resident followed by a three year teaching commitment). Through their work they will improve student achievement. As a resident, they will be co-teaching with a host teacher. In order to get certified through Urban Teachers, residents must improve student achievement in their first and second years as a teacher.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Residents will get room and board for the summer. We also pay for all books and materials for the graduate degree. They get health care through the Johns Hopkins University student health care plan. They get a $20,000 stipend. They also pay $40,000 tuition. All residents are eligible for federal financial aid to cover these tuition costs. Individuals coming to Urban Teachers with a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can use it towards these costs. There are other financial aid options such as the Teach Grant and Johns Hopkins University School of Education institutional grants.
Credential or Certification
Urban Teachers' participants also receive at least two teacher certifications at the end of year three: elementary education, secondary English Language Arts or secondary math AND special education. Participants in Dallas/Fort Worth will also get an ESL Supplemental teacher certification.
Skills you will gain
classroom management, pedagogy, content knowledge, time management, designing instruction based on student data,
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment