Pre-service training is one of the most exciting—and demanding—elements of the Fellowship program. During pre-service training, Fellows meet other Fellows, NYC Teaching Fellows program staff, practicing teachers, and current students in New York City schools.
The training program for Midyear Fellows is a full-time, six-week commitment. There are two training sessions for the Midyear program. The first training session will begin on September 24 and the second will begin in early December. Pre-service training includes two main components: 1) field work in New York City classrooms, and 2) student achievement framework (SAF) sessions during which Fellows learn key instructional design and classroom management skills from an experienced teacher.
More information regarding training for the June program will be available in late fall.
The pre-service training program consolidates a great deal of training time into only a few weeks; thus, training is extremely demanding. Due to strict New York State guidelines and the critical part training plays in the Teaching Fellows program, Fellows cannot miss any part of pre-service training.
Fellows have access to many sources of support. Some of this support will come directly from the Fellowship; however, once Fellows are teaching in their classrooms, their primary sources of support will be their schools and universities.
Like all other new teachers, each Fellow is assigned a mentor from their school who can model and coach in pedagogical methods. Fellows meet regularly with their mentors to receive and discuss feedback on their teaching.
As part of their school communities, Fellows also take part in staff development opportunities, as well as workshops and professional development events.
In the Master's program, Fellows participate in a range of courses that help them develop the skills and understand the theories they need to help their students succeed in the classroom. A university field advisor also provides monthly classroom observations and feedback on teaching practices.
The NYC Teaching Fellows program office seeks to keep Fellows connected and informed via the publication of a weekly e-newsletter, FellowBlast! We also provide resources such as FellowForum and FellowShare.