Monday, March 25, 2013

Teacher Educator Fellows Program – Summer 2013

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This summer, TeachingWorks will sponsor a Teacher Educator Fellowship program to provide training in teacher education pedagogies used in practice-based literacy and mathematics methods courses. This opportunity is open to graduate students in the School of Education who will be enrolled as full-time students in fall 2013. Fellows will receive in depth training in the design and delivery of practice-based teacher education from experienced course instructors. The Teacher Educator Fellows Program aims to support fellows in becoming qualified and confident to lead the elementary literacy and mathematics methods courses at the University of Michigan during subsequent summers, as well as to design and implement practice-based teacher learning experiences upon graduating and securing positions at other institutions.

The coursework will be situated in a summer learning program in Ann Arbor that targets students who did not meet end of year outcomes in literacy and/or mathematics. A key feature of the summer program is an ongoing commitment to growth and learning for the children, interns, teacher educators and school district personnel. Each summer, approximately 20 teachers specializing in literacy or mathematics, multiple district administrators and curriculum coordinators, four U-M teacher educators, and 25 U-M teaching interns, work alongside one another to develop and hone their teaching practice. All participants perform daily work in classrooms to enhance the learning opportunities for participating children. The initial literacy and mathematics methods courses for U-M Elementary Master’s with Certification (ELMAC) interns are embedded in the summer program. Interns are paired with mentor teachers in literacy and mathematics and engage in daily classroom teaching with the support of U-M teacher educators. Participants in the Teacher Educator Fellows Program will work closely with the instructors of the literacy and mathematics methods courses throughout the summer program, taking advantage of this unique setting for learning to teach. The program will have two phases: (1) bi-weekly mini-seminar sessions in May and June (dates to be coordinated with fellows), and (2) daily on-site training in the summer semester – mid-June through early August. Through structured learning opportunities, Teacher Education Fellows will:

  • Receive hands on training in the use of specific high-leverage practices for preparing new teachers
    • Leading coached rehearsals
    • Demonstrating and modeling the use of specific instructional activities
    • Observing live teaching and providing oral feedback
    • Using video to highlight teaching practices and principles o Providing written feedback to interns
    • Supporting interns during small group work (e.g. collaborative lesson planning)
    • Structuring and facilitating culminating activities and assessments
  • Develop an understanding of the AAPS summer program site
  • Gain experience in the design and conduct of teacher training course work embedded in school sites
  • Connect research on practice-based teacher education with actual experience

Each selected fellow will receive a $3000 cash stipend. The cost of books to support the teaching of the methods course will also be covered by the fellowship. Required qualifications: Enrollment in fall 2013 as a graduate student in the U-M School of Education, interest in practice-based teacher education, at least two years of teaching experience in K-6 classrooms, willingness to work collaboratively, commitment to collegiality, openness to making teaching practice public. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document that includes the following:

  1. A brief statement of interest, including a description of why you would like to participate in this program, how it fits into your overall professional plans, as well as relevant experience.
  2. A current CV
  3. Advisor’s contact information

Interested applicants should submit a single PDF document containing the above information by April 1, 2013. Highly qualified applicants in each subject-area will be selected for interviews, and fellows will be announced by mid-April. All submissions and questions should be directed to Tim Boerst and Kristine Schutz at tefellows2013@umich.edu.

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