For America … has made teaching appealing to a generation of young people
who have not traditionally chosen teaching as a career…. It also offers
a bold and different vision of how to prepare teachers. Teach For America
will significantly influence the direction teacher preparation takes in
America in the years ahead. It is a historically important program.
Teach For America provides a strong network of training and support to ensure corps members are successful in effecting significant academic gains for their students. Corps members' training begins in earnest as soon as they accept Teach For America's offer. They complete independent work during the spring and are trained during our rigorous summer institute. The goal of the institute is to ensure that each corps member enters the classroom equipped with the foundational knowledge, skills, and mindsets to be highly effective beginning teachers.
Pre-Institute Independent Work
Teach For America sends new corps members pre-training independent work assignments designed to help them prepare for their formal training at the summer institute. Corps members spend 25 to 30 hours reading, conducting focused observations in public school classrooms, and completing written exercises that draw on what they have read and observed.
The Summer Training Institute
Teach For America operates rigorous five-week summer training institutes in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia, all using the same curriculum and operated by a staff of veteran educators, current corps members, and alumni. At institute, corps members engage in a combination of interactive and practical coursework, teaching of summer school students, and structured reflection based on frequent feedback.
institute, corps members teach in a summer school program, receive feedback
and guidance from a faculty of experienced educators, participate in numerous
professional development activities, and attend instructional sessions
using Teach For America’s research-based education coursework.
The summer institute coursework is designed around our theory of Teaching As Leadership, based on strategies used by some of the nation’s most successful teachers. It incorporates recent research in education and Teach For America’s 15 years of experience in preparing teachers to attain significant academic gains with students in under-resourced schools. At the core of this approach are six important strands of content:
Post-Institute Review and Preparation
Before and/or after institute, new corps members congregate in their assigned regions to work with Teach For America staff, learn about the local communities in which they will teach, and become familiar with school district-specific policies, programs, and curricula. This time also allows them to meet current corps members and alumni who will become a part of their support network, interview for their actual teaching positions, and locate housing.
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