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 Components of Training
Teaching Summer School
Teaching hours vary depending on region; however, most corps members teach two or more hours each day observed by experienced teachers. Part of this time you will lead your class to master content while building your own skills in lesson delivery and classroom management. During the other portion you will likely lead small-group instruction, working with four to five students in math and reading.
Observations and Feedback
Teach For America instructional coaches will observe your teaching several times a week and provide feedback. Together you will discuss areas for development and create concrete plans to increase student learning as you develop teaching knowledge and skills. In addition, veteran district teachers partner with each classroom to provide regular feedback throughout the summer.
Rehearsals and Reflections
You will meet with fellow new corps members in small groups that provide a supportive yet challenging space to practice teaching new lessons; react to classroom management dilemmas; discuss feedback; and analyze student progress in order to guide and improve your planning.
You will receive extensive lesson-planning instruction from instructional coaches. You will internalize student-learning objectives for the coming week, create assessments to evaluate student progress, select the right teaching methods to meet these objectives, and develop your plans in great detail.
You will study the fundamentals of teaching and practice teaching techniques to prepare yourself for all elements of classroom instruction. Sessions will focus on each coursework element below.
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. Read more about need-based transitional loans and grants or use our regional comparison tool to estimate your expenses.