180 Days in Springfield celebrates 20 years partnering with public schools

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The College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its TEACH 180 Days in Springfield partnership with the Springfield Public Schools on Thursday, June 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the UMass Center in Springfield.

The program combines graduate course work with full time teaching at one of three middle and high schools in Springfield. Since its inception, more than 300 teachers have successfully navigated the one-year, 36-credit pathway leading to a master’s degree and teacher licensure at the middle or high school level.

Many of those teachers have spent all or part of their careers teaching in Springfield or have gone on to leadership positions in area school districts and across the Commonwealth.

In 2012, the National Council for Teacher Quality reported that  “Of the different teacher candidates . . . [Springfield] principals expressed the most satisfaction with interns from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Teach 180 program.”

The anniversary celebration will include stories from students at participating schools, and music provided by students from Springfield’s Central High School. Desserts will be provided by Putnam Vocational Technical School students. The program will be followed at 6 p.m. by a graduation ceremony for current 180 days participants.

Participating in anniversary celebration are 180 Days teachers from Central High School, Renaissance School for Expeditionary Learning, Putnam Vocational Technical School, and the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts, as well as 180 Days alumni from across Massachusetts, Springfield Public Schools teachers and administrators, and UMass Amherst faculty.

For more information on the TEACH 180 Days in Springfield Pathway, visit www.umass.edu/education/departments/tecs/180-days.

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