Fellows Year 1 & 2 (Program Years 2 and 3)
In the second year of the program, after Summer B coursework ends and participants meet all residency year program and performance requirements and secure a fall placement, an Urban Teachers participant becomes a fellow who serves as the teacher of record in their own classroom. Fellows are employees of the school districts or charter management organizations (CMOs) in which they are placed as full-time teachers at the beginning of their second program year with Urban Teachers. Fellows must hold resident/initial certification (actual terminology for this status may vary by state) for their first two years as teachers of record (Years 2 and 3 of the program).
Coursework is scaled back during the first year as a teacher of record (see program chart), as the majority of the MS coursework is completed during the residency year, with coursework occurring only one or two evenings a week.
Coaching is provided to fellows as they adjust to being the sole teacher in a classroom. Fellows in Years 2 and 3 of the program receive ongoing regular guidance and instruction through coaching across the school year that includes planning meetings, focused observations, and comprehensive coaching cycles.
Fellow Year 3 (Program Year 4): The Teaching Commitment Year
By the final year of the Urban Teachers program, fellows will hold full teaching certification, having proven that they are effective teachers. Opportunities in Year 4 and beyond continually develop as the Urban Teachers cohorts grow. These include opportunities to serve as Summer Institute graduate assistants and coaches, mentors, and host teachers.