PEF's Project Inspire and HCDE are recruiting STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) professionals who want to change careers or start a second career to become math and science teachers in high need Hamilton County public schools. They are also recruiting college students who are graduating with a STEM degree. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 15.
Project Inspire: STEM Teacher Residency is an innovative concept in teacher recruitment, preparation, and support. Project Inspire provides teacher candidates (“Residents”) with an alternative pathway to certification from inside the classroom. Characterized by a unique inter-institutional partnership between Hamilton County Department of Education, Tennessee Technological University and the Public Education Foundation (PEF), Project Inspire offers a clinically rich preparation experience based on the best of what we know works in teacher preparation.
Building on the medical residency model, Project Inspire provides residents with both the underlying theory of effective teaching and a year-long, in-school “residency” in which they practice and hone their skills and knowledge alongside an effective teacher in an urban classroom. Residents receive stipends as they learn to teach and commit to teaching for three or more years beyond the residency.
As part of Project Inspire residents will:
? Earn a Tennessee license for teaching in one year
? Earn a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee Technological University
? Receive a living stipend during the residency year
· Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
· US citizen or permanent resident status
· Commitment to teach for at least five years (four years beyond the one year of residency)
· Four-year degree from an accredited university
· Strong educational background or career experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics