|Summer Teaching Fellow|
Summer Teaching Fellows come from college campuses across the United States to observe, learn from, and co-teach with Mentor Teachers who are currently full-time, high-performing teachers within our Uncommon schools. STF is currently offered in Boston (MA), Newark (NJ), Camden (NJ), Brooklyn (NY), Rochester (NY), and Troy (NY) and Fellows serve students in grades K-12. The format and experience of the fellowship varies by region and the grade level in which a Fellow has been placed.
Candidates can indicate their choice of region and grade level (elementary, middle, or high) on the application and, if selected, will be notified of specific STF placement info in mid-May. Please note that positions in preferred geographic locations and grade levels may not always be available due to varied capacity and size of each region. Candidates should list their top choices of location and grade level on the application but understand that placements in in top choices may not always be available.
During the end of the regular school year, most Fellows will observe classrooms, support their Mentor Teacher, and potentially lead individual or small group student instruction. When the regular school year ends and Summer Academy commences, Fellows progress to leading instruction for a full class of students, allowing for direct teaching experience still with the support and guidance of a Mentor. Fellows receive regular feedback and coaching from their Summer Academy Director (leader of Summer Academy) and Mentor Teacher. Depending on the region and grade level, Fellows may lesson plan and build curriculum for their summer class with the support of their Mentor Teacher and Summer Academy Director.
Fellows will also participate in professional development sessions around teaching taxonomies, as well as regular check-in and feedback meetings with their Mentor Teacher and/or Summer Academy Director. Fellows will have many opportunities to gain the experience and support necessary to develop, grow, and enhance their instructional skills.
By the end of the summer, Summer Teaching Fellows will be strong candidates for full-time teaching positions to begin after completion of their undergraduate requirements.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES (may vary depending on region and grade level that a Fellow is placed in)
The first few weeks of STF may look different than the ones to follow. During that time, Fellows will have a week of Orientation where they will receive professional development on various topics and the opportunity to build cohort culture and connect with colleagues. PD Topics include time and task management, STF and Uncommon 101, Teach Like a Champion techniques, panel discussions on education reform, and much more.
Following Orientation Week, Fellows will be at their assigned host school and in classrooms during the last few weeks of the school year where they develop skills and knowledge to aid in their success during Summer Academy. Examples of tasks and activities that a Fellow may engage in are:
After the first few weeks, Summer Academy will commence at which point Fellows will report to their Summer Academy site on a daily basis. Please see below for examples of tasks and actives Fellows may engage in during this time:
The Summer Teaching Fellowship is between 7 to 10 weeks long.
For Fellows who are placed at the Elementary or Middle School levels, the program is 7 weeks long and runs from May 28th to July 13th for summer 2018.
For Fellows who are placed at the High School level, the program is 10 weeks long and runs from May 28th to August 3rd for summer 2018.
During the program, Fellows receive:
Please visit http://www.uncommonschools.org to learn more about our organization. If, after reviewing the website, you feel that you have the desire and skills to be a Summer Teaching Fellow, please take the time to complete and submit your application by either our first deadline, January 15th, 2018, or our second deadline, March 15th, 2018. If your application is submitted by our first deadline, there is a higher likelihood that you will be placed in one of your top to preferred regions.
Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.
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