Curry School Teaching Fellows


The Curry Teaching Fellowship: The Bridge Between 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.

Currently, we have partnerships between Curry and Albemarle County Public Schools, Augusta County Public Schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. With the Teaching Fellowship, Curry and partnering divisions are working together to facilitate a new way of preparing and retaining high quality teachers. Each school division selects from among Curry teacher candidates in its areas of critical need (such as middle school, STEM, special education, and elementary education), as well as seeks candidates who represent the student populations they will serve.

In most partnerships, Curry Fellows are hired by their division for a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student-teaching semester and the following spring semester. During this year, fellows 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.

All Curry candidates receive systematic coaching with Curry Coaches during their student-teaching semester, but Curry Fellows are eligible for three additional semesters of individualized, systematic coaching. This means a fellow has the support of a Curry Coach during their first year in the classroom, helping them to refine their teaching practices for the entire year. This coaching is part of the MyTeachingPartner (TM) model developed at the Curry School and modified for pre-service teachers.

Would you like more information about this fellowship? Contact Tisha Hayes.

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