Summer Institute Experience
Summer training varies by region but typically includes:
- Five-day regional induction
- Five to seven week residential institute, including teaching summer school
- One to two week regional orientation
In general, once you begin summer training, you’ll have weekday commitments from that day until the start of the school year.
Five Elements of Institute Coursework
- Teaching As Leadership
- Instructional Planning and Delivery
- Investment, Classroom Management, and Culture
- Diversity, Community, and Achievement
- Literacy Development
The central philosophy of our approach to teaching is the Teaching As Leadership (TAL) framework, based on the principles that successful teachers use to lead their students to success.
This coursework presents a goal-oriented, standards-based approach to teaching and teaches you to diagnose and assess students, plan lessons, and deliver lessons effectively.
This coursework teaches you how to create and maintain a culture of achievement in the classroom.
This coursework develops the mindsets and skills needed for you to build relationships and work effectively with diverse students, families, educators, and others in the communities where you will teach.
This coursework explores how to teach literacy skills to students at all performance levels and across grade levels and content areas.
At regional induction and orientation you'll get to know your region and school district; locate housing; and begin working with staff, alumni, fellow corps members, and community members to prepare for the school year.
During institute, you'll develop a foundation of knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to be an effective beginning teacher. In addition, you’ll make an immediate impact on your summer school students and built relationships that will support you throughout your corps experience.
Planning for Training
While you will not be paid during summer training, we will provide room and board in local university housing. In most cases, special accommodations are available for corps members with partners and families. While institute is a rigorous and intensive experience, you will have free time during weekends to socialize and explore your institute city.
Tools to Help You Plan