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The ATC Summer Institute is a seven-week intensive training program that prepares Fellows to teach in high-need areas of Arkansas. Fellows gain foundational skills in four core areas of development: instruction, relationships, consciousness, and change. As much as possible, Institute combines authentic classroom experience in a summer school setting with professional learning communities, guest speakers, and community partnerships to facilitate the most transformative learning environment possible both for teachers and summer school students.

Institute Vision

The ATC Summer Institute facilitates rigorous, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for all students as well as authentic, culturally responsive teaching experiences for Fellows in a school and community representative of ATC placements, resulting in measurable academic growth for students, outcomes-aligned professional growth for Fellows, and leadership development for ATC staff and district partners.

Institute Mission

The ATC Summer Institute sets the conceptual, pedagogical, and organizational foundation for Fellows’ three-year teaching commitment. Utilizing a cohort model and partnering with ATC placement schools whenever possible, Institute is a seven-week intensive learning experience at the nexus of theory and practice. Fellows engage in sessions aligned with the four ATC development outcomes and individualized coaching from their Summer Mentor to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets used in planning and teaching a three-week, unit-long course at summer school. Culminating in a portfolio presentation, Institute equips Fellows to strategically plan and prepare for their first year of teaching through reflection and goal-setting.

Summer Staff Positions

As an Arkansas Teacher Corps Summer Director, you will work with ATC full-time staff to create a shared vision and goals for the summer, design a training and support plan for adult learners, and manage a team of four to six Summer Mentors. Institute Directors will collaborate with other summer staff to build and sustain a supportive, growth-oriented culture for Fellows to improve their practice. Directors will report to the Managing Director and will have opportunities to grow in the areas of team management, session design/facilitation, communication skills, conflict management, emotional intelligence, and personal investment. Directors will work part-time in the spring semester in preparation for Institute and full-time from May through July.

Positions Available (click to read more about each position):

Application Deadline: closed

Compensation: $7,000 (depending on experience) plus housing

Required Qualifications: To fulfill position requirements, all candidates must…

  • demonstrate backwards planning through effective goal-setting and progress monitoring
  • have experience leading adult learning or managing adults
  • have experience working in rural and low-income communities
  • commit to all required training and the Summer Institute schedule
  • have strong time/stress management, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • be professional in all interactions with a customer service oriented disposition
  • be deeply committed to educational equity in the state of Arkansas

To fulfill position requirements, candidates for the Director of Coaching, Facilitation, or Equity must…

  • have an AR teaching license and 3+ years of teaching experience K-12
  • have experience using the Arkansas TESS rubric to reflect on professional practice
  • have experience mentoring novice teachers

Click here to apply!

As an Arkansas Teacher Corps Summer Mentor, you will be the first point-of-contact for a Mentor Group of four to six Fellows as they gain foundational knowledge and develop skills to be effective teachers. Mentors will work collaboratively with Summer Staff staff to build and sustain a supportive, growth-oriented culture for Fellows to improve their practices. Mentor groups will be organized as much as possible by grade and content, but mentors may coach teachers of any content area and grade level. That said, ATC is looking to hire 4-6 mentors with the following experience (or openness to coaching in these areas):

  • Secondary ELA (grades 9-12)
  • Middle School ELA (grades 4-8)
  • Secondary Science (grades 7-12)
  • Secondary Math (grades 7-12)
  • Middle School Math (grades 4-8)
  • Humanities/Elementary (may include art, music, health, business, Spanish and/or k-6 teachers)

Mentors will report to the Director of Coaching and will have opportunities to grow in the areas of team management, session design/facilitation, communication skills, conflict management, emotional intelligence, and personal investment. Mentors will work part-time in the spring semester in preparation for Institute and full-time from May through July.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Complete required prework, training, and personal development with the Director of Coaching
  • Give weekly feedback to each Fellow on instruction, classroom management, and work/life balance through lesson and unit planning, regular observations, and weekly coaching debriefs
  • Guide Fellows in self-assessing their areas of strength and growth, personally and professionally
  • Assist in planning, promoting, and attending ATC events throughout the summer
  • Serve as a warm mentor with clear expectations, building a supportive, growth-oriented environment
  • Maintain a positive, solutions-focused and growth-oriented approach at all time

Required Qualifications:

  • have an AR teaching license and at least 1 year of teaching experience K-12
  • have experience using the Arkansas TESS rubric to reflect on professional practice 
  • demonstrate backwards planning through effective goal-setting and progress monitoring
  • have experience working in rural schools and low-income communities
  • have strong time and stress management, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • be professional in all interactions with a customer service oriented disposition
  • be deeply committed to educational equity in the state of Arkansas

Preferred Qualifications:

  • have previous experience working with Arkansas Teacher Corps
  • have previous experience working at or attending a similar summer training program, e.g., ATC or TFA Institute
  • are proficient with Google Drive applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
  • have experience engaging in and facilitating hard conversations
  • have experience with adult learning and/or leading teacher professional development
  • have experience giving and receiving feedback on performance in a professional setting

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2021

Compensation: $3,500 – $4,500 (depending on experience)

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As an Arkansas Teacher Corps Summer Intern, you will be a direct assistant to the summer staff, working collaboratively and independently to the ultimate goal of Fellow and student growth. Your duties will focus on the design, set-up, and execution of Summer Institute logistics and cohort culture, ensuring Fellows have the necessary infrastructure to deliver high-quality instruction to all summer school students. Although your role is primarily out of the classroom, your work has a direct impact on the success of Fellows and students. In weekly check-ins with the director, you will have the opportunity to set-up classroom observations and design your own development activities according to your interest and desire in addition to basic training in vision-setting, culture-building, emotional intelligence, and Google Apps for Education.

Application Deadline: TBA

Preferred Applicants: Rising juniors or seniors at a 4-year college/university (ASU a plus)

Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time

Compensation: $1,000 plus housing (and possibility of class credit)

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