School of Education Information Session
Thinking about teaching?
Attend our School of Education Information Session!
Wed, Mar 7, 2012, 2:00-4:00pm
Wilder Hall 201
Refreshments will be provided.
“A good education should teach people—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.”
-- From the mission statement of Educators for Liberation Network
The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at UMASS seeks students with a commitment to social justice and social change in education. This program is for students who want to become high school or middle school teachers in math, science, social studies or English. It offers a Master’s Degree and Massachusetts initial teaching license in either one or two years, depending on which “pathway” you select.
The TEACH Springfield 180 Days Program is an intensive, one-year pathway that places students in Springfield public schools for the whole year. The University-to-Schools Program is a two-year pathway with partnerships in multiple schools and districts in the Pioneer Valley, including urban, suburban and rural districts.
We seek students with…
> A demonstrated commitment to social justice;
> Experience living and/or working in communities of color;
> Backgrounds that are under-represented in the teaching profession;
> Experience living and working in Springfield (for the 180 Days Program)
Our Definition of Social Justice:
“We are working toward classrooms and schools that are anti-racist, multicultural / multilingual, and grounded in the experiences of our students. We believe that all children should have an academically rigorous education that is both caring and critical, an education that helps students pose critical questions about society and "talk back" to the world.”
-- From the mission statement of Teachers for Social Justice
Curriculum & Classroom Practice should be:
1. Grounded in the lives of our students.
3. Multicultural, anti-racist pro-justice.
4. Participatory, experiential.
5. Hopeful, joyful, kind, visionary.
7. Academically rigorous.
8. Culturally and linguistically sensitive.
-- From Teachers for Social Justice
Springfield 180 Days: