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Structure: A Day in the Life of a Fellow

 

Structure

The Summer Teaching Fellowship is between 7 to 10 weeks long. For Fellows who are placed at the Elementary or Middle School levels, the program is 7 weeks long and runs from May 28th to July 13th for summer 2018. For Fellows who are placed at the High School level, the program is 10 weeks long and runs from May 28th to August 1st for summer 2018.

During the program, Fellows receive:

  • $3,500 stipend (subject to all applicable payroll taxes and fees; $6,000 for High School Fellows)
  • Travel stipend ($150 – $400, varies by region)
  • Provided dormitory-style housing (or an additional $800 stipend for Fellows who opt out of housing and find their own accommodation for summer; housing stipend also subject to all applicable payroll taxes and fees)
  • Meals (breakfast and/or lunch) at select mandatory professional development sessions during the first week of the program. Fellows are responsible for the cost of their own meals through the majority of the program.

 

The first few weeks of STF may look different than the ones to follow. During that time, Fellows will have a week of Orientation where they will receive professional development on various topics and the opportunity to build cohort culture and connect with colleagues. PD Topics include time and task management, STF and Uncommon 101, Teach Like a Champion techniques, panel discussions on education reform, and much more. Following Orientation Week, Fellows will be at their assigned host school and in classrooms during the last few weeks of the school year where they develop skills and knowledge to aid in their success during Summer Academy. Examples of tasks and activities that a Fellow may engage in are:

  • Reporting to your host school—Fellows typically get to school at around 7:00am and leave by around 4:30pm.
  • Mentor teacher check-ins— meeting your Mentor Teacher and getting to know him/her.
  • Observations— observing your Mentor Teacher or other master teachers in their classrooms.
  • Prepping for Summer Academy— gathering materials, information, and building content knowledge necessary before you begin teaching or co-teaching in your Summer Academy classroom.
  • Daily routines and structures of our schools— learning about how our Uncommon Schools operate on a daily basis and the standard that is set for our scholars.
  • Lesson planning— beginning to internalize lesson plans and practice execution
  • Professional development sessions— attending sessions led by your Summer Academy Director or other staff members on instructional skills.
  • Culture building activities— participating in activities hosted by the STF team or Summer Academy Directors.

 

After the first few weeks, Summer Academy will commence at which point Fellows will report to their Summer Academy site on a daily basis. Please see below for examples of tasks and activities Fellows may engage in during this time:

  • Reporting to your Summer Academy site—Fellows typically report to their Summer Academy site at 7:00am and leave by around 4:30pm. Length of days vary, as Fellows may have mandatory cohort meetings or professional development sessions after the end of the summer school day.
  • Observations— observing your Mentor teacher or other teachers in their classrooms.
  • Teaching or co-teaching— executing your lesson plans with scholars either independently or with the help of your Mentor Teacher.
  • Task time at home— lesson planning for the week or preparing for the next day of teaching.
  • Professional development sessions— hosted within their region by either Summer Academy Directors or the STF team.
  • Culture building activities— participating in activities hosted by the STF team or Summer Academy Directors.