I'm the Admissions Director of the most selective teacher prep program in the nation (even more so than Teach for America). The program is called MATCH Teacher Residency, and it’s located in Boston. Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.
All the info is availablehere:http://www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/teacher.htm
I have a simple request that seems win-win if indeed you help one of your students find just the "right" opportunity upon graduation: Do you know a few senior Religion majors who might want to teach in the inner-city, and who have demonstrated unusual grit and determination? If so, could you please send me their emails, or perhaps forward this along to them?
If you can reply with any contact information or suggestions, I'd be really grateful and send you all the positive karma I have.
All the best,
The MATCH Corps
The MATCH Corps, a highly selective one-year urban education fellowship, is looking for top-notch seniors who are interested in joining next year’s Corps. To apply, just fill out this form:http://apply.matchschool.org/apply.php.
The MATCH Corps program began in 2004 and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Corps is a group of 140 top recent college graduates who work one-on-one with six to eight MATCH High School, Middle School, or Elementary School students each day for an entire academic year. Corps members live together in apartments nearby the Middle School and Elementary School, and in a dorm on the top floor of the High School. All three schools are open-admission Charter Public Schools in Boston, MA. This full-time service year program is designed to fully close the academic Achievement Gap between minority students and their non-minority peers, one student at a time. Each Corps member works to guarantee the academic success of MATCH students while building personal relationships. Corps members also undertake secondary projects such as serving as teaching assistants, and may also coach teams and power extracurricular programs.
We also offer an optional teacher training program called MATCH Teacher Residency. In MTR, Corps members receive additional training on the weekends with the aim of becoming unusually effective first year teachers in high-poverty schools. Graduates of MTR go on to teach at some of the most highly regarded charter schools in the country and tend to outperform other rookie teachers in the classroom.
To learn more about MATCH, check out this ABC News special:http://bit.ly/qxvhbX
For more information, have a look at our website:http://www.matchschool.org/index.htm
PS If this email was an unwanted intrusion, please send me a reply to that effect, and I’ll be sure to refrain from contacting you again in the future.