We are proud to partner with Denver Public Schools and Boston public schools to expand access to summer learning for middle school students. District partners cover program costs and provide student recruitment and infrastructure support. Our Summer Teaching Fellows are over 75% local and receive career counseling and support to teach locally. Local professional educators coach at our summer fellowship and return to their schools as coaches and leaders.
We partner with charter schools in Boston and Denver including Boston Preparatory, KIPP MA, Brooke Charter Schools, STRIVE Prep, and KIPP CO. Charter students enroll in our summer academy, alumni teach as teaching fellows, and professional educators coach our fellows. We seek new partnerships with schools interested in reversing summer learning loss while diversifying their teacher and leader pipeline.
Local foundations in the communities we serve make our work possible. They help us gain local context, identify key partners, and bring high-quality summer learning opportunities. We are grateful to parnter with local foundations in Boston and Denver, and seek the support of foundations committed to summer learning and teacher diversity.
"This year, I am head of the science department at my school for the second year in a row. However, because of my experience at Generation Teach, I am leading so differently than last year that it almost feels like a new role…. [My] principal has asked me to lead the department with more "creative control" and has asked me to attend administrative meetings to help align all content departments in the school. The greatest thing I learned from GT was increased ways to lead a group of people towards a common goal…."
“The partnership just makes sense. Our students deserve access to summer learning and we know they’ll ultimately be the best teachers for future students. Generation Teach fills that gap by developing a sustainable, talent pipeline for generations to come.”
“I’ve never seen first year teachers so well prepared – Generation Teach alumni are so thoughtful, so committed, and they get it. They get what it takes to constantly grow as an educator and to show up every day committed to doing what’s best for kids.”
We look forward to starting a conversation about summer learning in your backyard.
Our summer learning communities pave intentional pathways for all participants.
These pathways intertwine into a cyclical community of support. Leaders coach aspiring educators; fellows support one another; our students re-energize all adults’ commitments to education. Not only is everyone supporting others, but we train them in how to give and receive feedback and structure our schedule so our fellows receive feedback every single day.
All the while, all participants experience mirrors and windows – those who share their backgrounds and mirror its importance, and those who offer a window into new perspectives and lived experiences.
The result is powerful. Students of color, who make up more than 50% of our nation’s schools and 94% of our program, learn from teachers of color, who make up less than 20% of our nation’s educators yet 76% of our program. One participant shared, “I keep coming to back to GT because I want to be doing meaningful work with families of color in urban settings. I want to provide a quality education and access to safe spaces with people who are open, inclusive, knowledgeable, loving, and compassionate.”
In each community we serve, charter and district partners pay to send their middle-school students to our Summer Academy. Our national office establishes school-site operations including professional educator, teaching fellow, students recruitment, selection, and training for our summer programming; our summer partners provide in-kind support, including facilities, custodial services, and food service.
Each site serves over 150 middle-school students, 30 teaching fellows, and 7 professional educators. During the summer, Generation Teach trains and supports local educators to lead and coach at the summer program. Our leaders plan Fun Friday events to colleges and museums, lead parent outreach engagement, and work closely with district employees on site operations. Generation Teach tracks enrollment, attendance, and student performance.
Partners define goals in conversation with Generation Teach. Districts or charters provide the building and Generation Teach works with school leaders to recruit students who would benefit from access to rigorous summer learning in a joyful, supportive environment. Students from the entire district are invited to enroll in communities where we partner with districts. Typically, students that live in the neighborhoods of school sites attend the program at a higher rate. Charter partners pay to send a specific number of students to the summer program.
Generation Teach uses a variety of impact measurement methods.
1. Student profile, attendance, and retention
2. Renaissance STAR (RenSTAR) Enterprise reading and math assessments
3. Student Surveys of growth and satisfaction
4. Family Surveys of growth and satisfaction
1. Fellow profile and retention
2. Surveys about recruitment, aspirations, and growth
3. Teaching Fellow GRO Rubric self-assessments and assessments by Teacher Coaches
Generation Teach operates through a combination of school and district support and local philanthropy. This document outlines the costs of launching a new program.