Constructing 3-D models of DNA

Constructing 3-D models of DNA

The U.S. Grant Teaching Experience

Since 1953, the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to create and run an educational enrichment program for talented middle school students from the New Haven public school system.

Each winter, U. S. Grant seeks motivated Yale undergraduates to teach during its summer program. Those hired as teachers have the unique opportunity to design and teach their own classes.

The 2020 program runs June 29 – August 7, 2020. Teachers must not only commit to these dates but also should plan to attend a week of paid training before the program begins.

U.S. Grant seeks a diverse team of creative Yale students who are passionate about education and have experience working with children. Please read below for information about the roles and responsibilities of teachers to see if teaching for U.S. Grant is right for you!

Outline of main responsibilities

    1. Design three creative, activity-based, middle school appropriate courses: including one “Core” (either Investigations or Humanities) based course, one solo elective course, and one partner-taught elective course.
    2. Teach courses in Dwight Hall, help design free time, and supervise field trips during the duration of the six-week long summer program
    3. Attend extracurricular events, such as Parent Orientation, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Final Showcase.
    4. Live together with the fellow teachers of the US Grant program in friendly learning community.
    5. Grow through mandatory professional development in order to develop skills to become excellent teachers, including:
      1. Four spring training dates (TBA), in which teachers learn the fundamentals of how to design a course.
      2. One week of summer training prior to six-week summer program.
      3. Weekly professional development meetings during the program, administered by the Couture Fellowship, in which they workshop lesson plans and discuss big picture questions about American education.


    Ideal US Grant Teachers should:

    1. Have a strong commitment to progressive, activity-based education for middle school students, both in theory and practice.
    2. Be excited to hone their teaching, communication, and development skills.
    3. Be dedicated to serving New Haven students and understanding the unique opportunities and challenges of education in an urban setting.
    4. Thrive in team settings: being able to brainstorm and execute ideas, and both give and take constructive feedback.

If you are a Yale student interested in applying to be a 2020 U.S. Grant teacher please visit the application page and/or reach out to