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The Need For ST2

A critical element in raising student achievement for urban schools is their capacity to hire and retain highly qualified teachers. Recruiting and retaining excellent teachers is one of the most serious needs urban schools face.

Supporting Teachers, Supporting Teaching (ST2), aims to meet this challenge by starting at the source, with preservice (student teachers) and teachers in their first year of teaching. ST2 proposes to ensure that each preservice teacher or first year teacher in participating Chicago Public Schools begins a teaching career wit maximum effective support for thier commitment to urban teaching.

ST2 is a project in which the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois at Chicago have collaborated to recruit and support highly qualified new teachers for Chicago Public Schools. ST2 deploys significant financial and human resources toward achieving this goal, through the USDOE Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant.

Supporting Urban Education

UIC student teachers teaching in one of our 9 partnership schools will recieve additional support from the program. By offereing extra support to UIC students or first year teachers participating in our program, ST2 feels that this support will result in better preparation and assistance for new teachers, higher retention of these teachers and better teachers teaching in the participating schools. To ensure maximum effective support field instructors are required to visit their Student Teacher (pre-service) four times throughout the semester with a field consultant from the university. The field consultant will be an expert in technology, content or culture/community and will observe a lesson with the field instructor. The GOLDEN Mentor (CPS) and a Mentor Consultant from the university will offer the same support, however they are required to observe the first year teacher 6 times for ST2.

We also offer Professional Learning Communities, Targeted Professional Development, and stipends for student teachers and first year teachers to use for classroom materials.

 

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