Fordham University is taking teaching to the next level by offering a competitive, intensive graduate residency program, starting this year.
The Teacher Residency Scholars Program in Adolescence Education was piloted last year in a Manhattan high school, but it was given a new lease on life when the state Department of Education offered a $2.5 million grant for grad students to teach in struggling city schools.
“We’re hopefully training people who would become teachers in those very schools,” said Marshall George, chair of curriculum and teaching at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education. “Part of our mission is service to those in most need, so it fits right in with that.”
About 24 selected Fordham students will start teaching various subjects in four failing Bronx schools: Intermediate School 117, Middle School 391, Discovery High School and International School for Liberal Arts.
“I think what we’re trying to do is a much better job of preparing teachers so they don’t leave after two years,” said Jane Bolgatz, associate professor of teacher education.
Residency scholars will be student teachers in the schools three days a week, giving them practical experience, and then have a debriefing session with a professor and the classroom teacher afterwards, to apply theory.
As part of the grant, which lasts for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 acaemic years, the students will get a $30,000 stipend, a $10,000 tuition scholarship – on top of a 20% tuition reduction – and graduate with a Master of Science in Teaching.
The stipulation is that they must sign an agreement that they will teach in struggling New York state schools after they complete the 15-month-long program.
“The purpose of the grant is that high-needs schools will have more qualified teachers,” said Bolgatz.
Fordham is hosting an online information session about the residency program Jan. 26. For more information, contact Linda Horisk, assistant dean of admissions, at (212) 636-6401, or email [email protected]
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