Teaching Practice

Topic: Teaching, prepared by Kate O’ Brien, Caitlin Dermody, Carrie Mannino

Research & Coursework:

  • Effective Secondary Teaching, Melissa Scheve

  • Child Development. Carla Horwitz & Nancy CloseLanguage, Literacy and Play. Carla Horwitz & Nancy Close

  • Child Care, Society, & Public Policy. Jessica Sager & Janna Wagner

  • American Education and the Law, William Garfinkel

  • Theory & Practice in Early Childhood Education, Carla Horwitz

Contacts:

  • Faculty and staff: Melissa Scheve, Mira Debs, Carla Horwitz, Nancy Close, Janna Wagner
  • Community leaders: Claudia Merson
  • Alumni: Join the Yale Alumni Educators group on Facebook (650+ Yale alumni)

Practice:

Clubs, organizations, activities:

  • Yale Education Tutoring Initiative (YETI)
  • JZ Amp Mentorship
  • New Haven REACH
  • PALS
  • Squash Haven
  • Splash and Sprout
  • Hemispheres
  • Find other Ed organizations via Dwight Hall

Teaching Internships & New Haven Part Time Jobs:

  • Public School Internships (during academic year), Dwight Hall
  • U.S. Grant Summer Program
  • Pathfinder, summer and academic year teaching at Hopkins School with New Haven and Bridgeport middle school students, work alongside teaching mentor. Contact: Errol Saunders (Yale ’06) errol.saunders@gmail.com
  • Summer Buds
  • Community Health Educators
  • Pathways to Science – coordinated by the Office of NH & State Affairs, summer work and year programming for NH, West Haven & Orange middle & high school students
  • Pathways to Arts & Humanities – coordinated by the Office of NH & State Affairs, summer work and year programming for NH middle & high school students

Summer programs elsewhere in the US

  • Couture Summer Fellowship
  • PPSF Fellowship (Placements with All Our Kin, CT Voices for Children, local day care centers)
  • Breakthrough Collaborative Summer Teaching Fellowship (all over the country) – Michael Glick (2019)
  • Generation Teach – Boston, Denver & Western MA – Thomas Chu (2019)
  • Khan Academy – content intern (Veena Advani ’18)
  • Outward Bound Internships
    • Outdoor education, across the US (locations in California, Colorado, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Florida, North Carolina, etc…..) from May-August, with the chance to continue working in the fall
    • Compensation is usually basic, but room and board is included in addition to a small stipend
    • WFR certification required to begin employment, but not to apply, good physical fitness is required
  • Center for Talented Youth: Work as a teaching assistant or residential assistant for summer educational programs for gifted and talented middle and high school students
    • Locations across the US, compensation is $2800 for the summer, room and board included for residential sites, flights to domestic sites not included
    • Really interesting and thoughtfully taught courses that you can help to teach!
    • End of June-beginning of August
  • Sanborn Western Camps – Work at an adventure camp in Colorado, leading hikes, excursions, horse riding, etc.
    • $2500 compensation for the summer, plus accommodation
    • Should have completed sophomore year in college

Post-Graduate Pathways into Teaching

Here is guidance for all states on what it takes to become certified. Below is a list of some programs that are out there. It’s not complete, and listing on here is not an endorsement from the Yale Education Studies Program, so please conduct your own research.

1. Teacher training programs (some recently pursued by Yale graduates in Education Studies)

As you look for a teacher training program, consider WHERE you want to teach and how much funding is available. Teacher prep programs tend to have localized networks to help you land a job and provided state-certification. Completing Harvard’s Teacher Prep may sound prestigious, but it may not help you transition into a teaching job in Wyoming.

  • Teaching Fellows at Teacher’s College (TF@TC) – 18 month program, free in shortage areas of science, ESL and Special Education teachers
  • STEP (Stanford Teacher Ed)
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative
  • Teacher’s College, Columbia
  • UPenn Teacher Residency

2. Post-grad single-year fellowship opportunities in Teaching

  • Public Allies – An AmeriCorps program that places allies in community development NGOs serving for four days a week for 10 months at local nonprofits, where they create, improve and expand services that address issues including youth development, education, public health, economic development, and the environment. Once a week, allies participate in a rigorous leadership development program in which local community leaders and expert practitioners lead workshops.

-Deadlines vary by location

-Benefits: monthly stipend & health care

  • Alaska Fellows This near-year-long postgraduate fellowship program run by Yale alums places recent graduates with organizations across three fellowship sites in Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka. Fellows receive a living stipend, travel stipend, housing, and programmed events. Opportunities are available on the program website, as well as Yale Career Link (search under Jobs for “Alaska Fellows Program”).
  • Project Horseshoe Farms gap year/community health fellowship – Horseshoe Farm offers an intensive 1 year (13 month) community-based gap year service and leadership development Fellowship. It is geared to top recent college graduates from around the nation interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, social entrepreneurship, and community service leadership
      • $700-$1,000/month “educational grant”
      • Free housing
      • Deadline typically February

Pathways into teaching with alternative certification

Private school placement support – Educator’s Ally, Carney Sandoe, Southern Teachers Agency

International Teaching –  (check out the International Education wiki page for more information)