Aspire Teacher Residency Program

aspireAspire Teacher Residency Program will be conducting an information session next Tuesday, January 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Buckman Hall Room 103.  Representatives from Aspire will be in attendance to give you an overview of their organization, and give further details of their teacher recruitment program.  A brief description is below.

Walk-ins welcome, but if possible, please RSVP by Monday, January 28th through your Nace-Link account (sign in, click the “events” tab, then click the Aspire workshop link…the RSVP tab is at the bottom of the page.)

Train and Teach With Aspire Public Schools!  Aspire Public Schools, California’s top-performing large, high-poverty school system, changes the odds for low-income students.  Currently, Aspire educates 12,500 students in 34 schools in 6 cities across California and makes a promise to every single Aspire student:  College for Certain.  In 2010-2012, 100% of Aspire’s seniors graduated with admission to a four-year college or university.  Aspire recently announced that the organization will open schools in Memphis, Tennessee in the 2013/14 school year in order to contribute to the focused effort to improve the city’s lowest performing schools.

In collaboration with the University of the Pacific, the Aspire Teacher Residency (ATR) is an intensive teacher training program that recruits and trains talented individuals of all ages and backgrounds to become highly-effective teachers.

ATR is currently recruiting for two programs:

Memphis program – Aspire is looking to further its mission by contributing to the focused effort to improve the lowest performing schools in Memphis, Tennessee and is preparing to open new schools in Memphis.  We are looking for Residents who are interested in spending one year training in our California schools and then pursuing a teaching position in Memphis.  With residency placements available in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto, those who join the ATR-Memphis program will spend the 2013/14 school year with us in California and then teach and open a new school in Memphis in the 2014/15 school year.  In addition to training on best teaching practices and Aspire’s model, Memphis residents will engage in a series of learning experiences and visits to Memphis so that they are prepared for the work they will do in Memphis.

California program – Aspire is looking for residents who are interested in training and teaching in one of our CA schools.  With placements available in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto, those who join the program will spend one year training and then at least 3 years teaching in our CA schools.  Credentials available include: Multiple Subject; Single Subject – English, Math, Science, Social Studies; and Special Education – Mild/Moderate.

The programs offer:
*A Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Credential (Multiple Subject; Single Subject – English, Math, Science, or Social Studies; or Special Education – Mild/Moderate) from the University of the Pacific at a deeply discounted tuition rate
*A $13,500 stipend, plus medical benefits, for the first year
*The opportunity to work in a classroom with a highly-effective Mentor Teacher four days/week for an entire school year
*Priority hiring for a teaching position at an Aspire school and tuition-reimbursement benefits for Residents who successfully complete the first year
*ATR – Memphis Program: Up to $2,000 reimbursement for travel expenses to Memphis to ensure Residents become and/or remain connected to the community where they will teach

The next round of applications for the 2013/14 program are due March 1, 2013.  You can find the application here.