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Becoming an excellent teacher takes years.

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Becoming an excellent teacher takes years.

Start this summer

Teach This Summer


Join the 2018 Generation Teach Summer Teaching Fellowship

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Teach This Summer


Join the 2018 Generation Teach Summer Teaching Fellowship

WHO YOU ARE

1. You are an undergraduate or high-school student who shares our values and our commitment to ending educational inequity. 

2. You value contributing to a diverse community of learners who challenge and support one another.

3. You want to invest your summer in the success of others. As a GT Summer Teaching Fellow, you will focus on your students - their experiences and their success.

4. You are eager to receive feedback and coaching to become the teacher your students deserve.

WHY YOU ARE HERE

You want to try teaching. About 25% of GT fellows are majoring or minoring in education; the rest of you are figuring out if teaching is for you.

You believe all kids deserve teachers who share their experiences, backgrounds, and communities. You want to have a highly structured, strongly mentored opportunity to decide whether to join our most important profession.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

1. Complete 2 weeks of intensive training in identity, relationships, instructional practices, and content-area pedagogy while building a loving community of colleagues. 

2. Teach middle-school math, engineering, reading, speech & debate, social studies, or fun fitness 3x/day for 4 - 5 weeks during our GT STEAM Academy

3. Design and teach an elective 3x/week. 

4. Receive daily feedback and support from your Teacher Coach.

5. Co-lead special events and community meetings. 

6. Receive a taxable scholarship to offset living costs. 


WHERE AND WHEN YOU WILL TEACH

DENVER

June 4 - July 20

BOSTON

June 18 - July 27

PROVIDENCE

June 25 - August 10

WESTERN MA

June 25 - August 10

AFTER YOUR GT SUMMER

Local district and charter schools host our programs. You teach in the schools your students attend, in the neighborhoods where they live, in cities where you grew up or attend school, and in the communities you may choose to serve professionally. After the summer, if you are a college senior, we will provide individual career counseling and support through your job application process. We provide all alumni with letters of recommendation, monthly alumni newsletters, Facebook communities, and ongoing support, as requested.

Impact of Teachers


"Through this fellowship, I made lasting friendships. I grew as an educator and learned how to better serve my students. At GT, we grow as a family, and there is a huge sense of belonging. This fellowship has truly been rewarding!"

- Teaching Fellow

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Impact of Teachers


"Through this fellowship, I made lasting friendships. I grew as an educator and learned how to better serve my students. At GT, we grow as a family, and there is a huge sense of belonging. This fellowship has truly been rewarding!"

- Teaching Fellow

WHO WILL MY COLLEAGUES BE?

You will learn and teach alongside 29 other undergraduate and high-school fellows from across the city and country, all selected through a competitive application process and committed to closing the summer opportunity gap for urban students. Past fellows have described their colleagues as the peer group they had always wanted.

DO I NEED TEACHING EXPERIENCE?

No experience required! Your summer teaching fellowship will introduce you to the complex and intellectually demanding work of teaching. You will complete two weeks of full-time training, where you will create a community with your colleagues, deepen your understanding of yourself, develop lifelong strategies for building relationships with colleagues and students, learn core instructional strategies, and practice key teaching skills.

 

HOW IS THE GENERATION TEACH FELLOWSHIP UNIQUE?

In a typical internship, the intern does low-level tasks to spend time in the shadow of professionals. In a GT teaching fellowship, you are the teacher.

Your coach and directors will support you. Your experience will shape your career goals, introduce you to the rigors of a teaching career, and connect you with peers and mentors who will inspire you for a lifetime. 


WHAT SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?

In addition to two weeks of training, we provide Common-Core-aligned curricular materials, including daily lesson plans, student handouts, PPT slides, and course guides, for all academic courses. Our goal is to provide hands-on, engaging curricula grounded in social justice. You will collaborate with your coach and department to differentiate the curricula for your students. You will create your own elective class.  

Your coach will observe your teaching every single day. You will meet with your coach individually or collectively for daily feedback and support. You will meet with your colleagues and directors every afternoon to continue your development and reflect on your growth. 

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Day in the Life of a Teaching Fellow


"I've learned students are capable of learning and growing for themselves and teachers serve not only to teach but also to learn from students. I learned that all students want to learn and can learn. I've learned there are no bad students, just bad choices. I've learned that support as a first-year teacher is absolutely imperative to my comfort, development, and success as a teacher. I've learned there are extremely talented and motivated young people who should be in classrooms influencing the next generation of citizens, leaders, and educators." 

- Teaching Fellow

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Day in the Life of a Teaching Fellow


"I've learned students are capable of learning and growing for themselves and teachers serve not only to teach but also to learn from students. I learned that all students want to learn and can learn. I've learned there are no bad students, just bad choices. I've learned that support as a first-year teacher is absolutely imperative to my comfort, development, and success as a teacher. I've learned there are extremely talented and motivated young people who should be in classrooms influencing the next generation of citizens, leaders, and educators." 

- Teaching Fellow

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TEACHING FELLOW

8:05 a.m.    Meet colleagues for staff huddle 

8:15 a.m.    Greet students as they arrive  

8:30 a.m.    Eat breakfast with my club 

8:50 a.m.    Practice my lesson with my department & coach 

9:40 a.m.    Teach 10 students academic lesson 

10:30 a.m.  Confer with my coach about my class

11:20 a.m.  Teach elective I designed

12:10 p.m. Play soccer with my students at recess

 

12:30 p.m.  Each lunch with my club 

1:00 p.m.    Teach 10 students academic lesson

1:50 p.m.     Prep my final lesson

2:40 p.m.     Teach 10 students academic lesson

3:30 p.m.      Cheer with my club at Community Meeting

4:00 p.m.     Send students home for the day 

4:15 p.m.     Attend faculty meeting

5:30 p.m.     Prepare materials for tomorrow's lesson

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION PROCESS

Do I need to pursue an education major or minor to apply?

No! Our summer teaching fellows come from a range of majors and pursue a variety of careers. Whether teaching is something you have considered, are considering, or know you definitely want to do, your GT summer teaching fellowship will transform you as student, teacher, and leader.

I will be graduating from college in June 2018. Am I eligible to apply?

2018 college graduates are eligible only if they have already completed a Generation Teach summer teaching fellowship or are enrolled in a five-year program. Part of our work is facilitating the transition of our college seniors into teaching jobs in the communities we serve. We assume many college graduates will already have positions for the fall following college graduation, which is why we don't extend fellowships to current seniors. 

I am a high school freshman. Am I eligible to apply?

You'll need to wait one more year. You are eligible to apply as early as your sophomore year of high school.

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

No, please submit unofficial transcripts as part of your application.

How competitive is the selection process?

Every year, we select fewer than 25% of our applicants. However, that doesn't mean we're not looking for YOU. We prioritize candidates local to the communities we serve. 

How can I be a competitive applicant?

Read and follow our guide to applying successfully to GT. Members of the GT team will send updates from different email addresses; be sure to check your spam, so you don't miss an interview invitation or offer letter. 

When is the application due?

We review all applications by the 5th of each month, beginning December 5. Our final deadline is May 5. Apply early; positions fill very quickly.

Can I apply to Boston, Denver, Providence, and Western MA?

On the application, you will indicate your preferred city. High School Fellows are reviewed only for the cities where they live. 

I don't live in Boston, Denver, Providence, or Western MA, but I really want to teach this summer. Do you provide housing?

We provide limited housing placements for college students. Fellows who receive GT-subsidized housing receive a reduced scholarship.

What happens after I submit my application?

We will review your application and invite promising candidates to a Google Hangout interview. You will have your decision within four weeks of the application deadline. On average, you will then have three days to decide whether to enroll.

FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE

How will this experience develop me?

Teaching transforms you as a student and develops you as a leader. When you learn to think like a teacher, you change how you experience student life. You will grow your ability to plan, engage and lead others, speak publicly, receive and incorporate feedback, and pursue excellence personally and professionally.

How big are my classes?

You will teach three academic classes of 6 - 10 students every day and an elective class of 6 - 10 classes three times/week.

Who are my students?

We serve students in middle school; you will teach fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. Your students are district and charter school students who enroll voluntarily in our GT STEAM Academy. They have a wide range of academic preparation. Our students have reading levels ranging from first through twelfth grades. Learn more about the impact of our Summer Academy

How is the High School (HS) Fellowship different than the Undergraduate Fellowship?

The HS Fellowship offers you the same exciting opportunities as the Undergraduate Fellowship, including your own class, your own coach, lesson plans, and your own students. Uniquely, the HS Fellowship offers you the opportunity to think earlier about the experience of teaching and to return repeatedly if you are still unsure whether you want to teach or to increase your skills, experiences, and impact if you do plan to become a teacher. HS Fellows teach Fun Fitness or Speech & Debate.

How is the fellowship experience different for college juniors?

College juniors are selected if they plan to pursue careers in teaching in a city we serve. We help you gain experience and develop habits for success as a new teacher, including receptivity to daily feedback, personal and professional reflection, and intense collaboration. We partner with local district and charter schools invested in building a diverse, local pipeline.

During the summer, you will have the opportunity to be observed by partners, receive feedback on your teaching, meet other young professionals who work at their schools, participate in an expedited interview process, and potentially receive a job offer as early as August 2018.

Following the summer, we will support you in completing any remaining steps necessary to secure a teaching job in the city where you completed your fellowship.

FELLOWSHIP LOGISTICS

What are the hours? 

The hours are 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Four pre-scheduled evening events extend until 8:30 p.m.

Is there a stipend?

We provide a taxable scholarship to help cover living expenses for students who do not have summer internship funding from their colleges or high schools. The scholarship is $1,800 for the 6-week Boston fellowship or $2,000 for the 7-week Denver, Providence, or Western MA fellowship. Fellows who receive GT-subsidized housing receive a reduced scholarship of $750.

Do you provide housing?

We provide limited housing placements for Teaching Fellows who have completed at least one year of college. Fellows who receive GT housing receive a reduced scholarship of $750.

Can you tell me more about GT housing?

GT secures group housing in Boston and Denver and assigns roommates and/or apartment-mates based on surveyed living preferences (messy vs. neat, night owl vs. early bird, etc.). Housing is available the Sunday before the fellowship begins until the Saturday after the fellowship ends. 

Boston GT housing is located in dorm apartments at Northeastern University. Two fellows share each bedroom; four fellows share each apartment. Apartments are air-conditioned with kitchens, bathrooms, and common living areas. Housing is walking distance to a T station. Parking is extremely expensive; we recommend using public transportation. Wifi is free; laundry facilities are available for a small fee. 

Denver GT housing is located at Campus Village Housing. Apartments accommodate four GT fellows of the same gender. Apartments are air-conditioned and have two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a common living area. Parking is available for approximately $110 for the duration of the fellowship. Wifi and use of washers and dryers are free.

If you fly into Boston, Denver, Providence, or Western MA, you are responsible for your transportation between the airport and housing. We encourage fellows to travel together to their school site each day; in Denver, we help fellows set up carpools. 

Are there policies regarding work outside of the GT Fellowship? I am wondering whether I can balance part-time work with the demands of the fellowship.

The GT Summer Teaching Fellowship is a rigorous program; fellows teach and learn during an immersive experience that demands a high level of commitment, engagement, and preparation. Because your experience as a fellow and our success as a program depend on everyone's full investment, additional commitments outside of the fellowship are strongly discouraged.

My college offers summer internship funding. Can GT sign my paperwork to confirm I have completed the program and met the requirements?

Please contact us to discuss college summer internship funding. GT will not duplicate external funding, but if we can help you secure a larger scholarship from another source, we are happy to support you in the process.