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Curry School Teaching Fellows

The Curry Teaching Fellowship: Innovation Bridges Teacher Preparation and Teacher Retention

Teacher preparation has traditionally been the work of universities, while induction into the profession and mentor teacher training have been the work of the school divisions that hire new teachers. Now, Curry faculty, staff and alumni are innovating and partnering to bridge the gap between teacher preparation and teacher induction. We are excited to introduce our new Teaching Fellowship.

This partnership between Curry and Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools will pilot a new way of preparing and retaining high quality teachers. Each school division will select from among Curry teacher candidates in its areas of critical need (such as STEM, special education, and elementary education), as well as seek candidates who represent the student populations they will serve. The school divisions will hire these “fellows” for a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student-teaching semester and the following spring semester as well.

During this year, they will work in instructional support roles and as co-teachers under the guidance of mentor teachers carefully identified by school division leadership and trained by Curry School faculty members. They will also receive not one, but four semesters of individualized, systematic coaching, helping them to refine their teaching practices for the entire year of the fellowship and their first year of teaching.  This coaching is part of the MyTeachingPartner (TM) model developed at the Curry School and modified for pre-service teachers.

We are currently recruiting candidates for the next Fellowship Cohort. The timeline is as follows:

  • Potential applicants should first apply to the PostGraduate M.T. by June 15th, 2017.
  • To apply for the fellowship please complete the following form by June 15th, 2017. 
  • The funding and fellowship year would begin in the fall of 2018 and they would earn their M.T. in spring 2019.

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Our admissions site offers application details for this coming fall cohort.

Would you like more information about this fellowship? Contact Adria Hoffman: adria@virginia.edu 

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