ATC fellow Freda Calloway (ATC '20) was recently featured in the newest episode of the I Am A Rural Teacher Podcast, "The Power of Teacher Corps Programs". She discusses how she came to the teaching profession, the advantages of teaching in a “really rural” place, how her experience in a Teacher Corps program was different from the typical pathway to certification, her favorite moments in the classroom, the importance of connecting with students and families.
ATC fellow LeAndra Grant (ATC '20) provided powerful opening remarks about the importance of teaching the science of reading at October 11th screening of the documentary film "The Right to Read" at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, AR. "The Right to Read" shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.
ATC fellow Nneka Love (ATC '19) was recently featured in the newest teacher profile of the I Am A Rural Teacher campaign, "Inspiring teacher resilience through mentorship". She discusses how she came to the teaching profession, her experiences with the Arkansas Teacher Corps program, the power of coaching and mentoring teachers, the importance of building relationships and a sense of belonging in a new place, and her advice for new teachers.
On Saturday, August 26, ATC fellows and staff met at Chicot Elementary in Little Rock for the first All Corps PD of the 2023-24 year. Fellows learned transformational teaching strategies, collaborated with each other to generate solutions to current problems they’re experiencing in their classrooms, and split into eight content-specific groups to develop knowledge and skills relevant to their content area, such as incorporating art into ELA, creating inquiry-based unit plans in science, understanding differences in the new math standards, and using differentiated reading strategies to improve literacy in the elementary classroom.
Arkansas Teacher Corps is partnering with the Rural Community Alliance to serve as the leads for the Rural School Collaborative's new Arkansas & Delta regional hub. The partnership will provide ATC an opportunity to engage in collaborative learning with other rural teacher corps programs through the U.S., while making RSC programs like the Grants In Place Fellows and National Signature Project Award available to teachers in Arkansas.
Congratulations to 2020 Arkansas Teacher Corps fellow and 5th year Pine Bluff teacher TyKesha Cross for this inspiring feature on the TODAY Show! Not only does TyKesha share the emotional story of her journey to the classroom with TODAY correspondent Priscilla Thompson, but she's also surprised by an on-air visit from the mentor she credits with saving her life, former Dollarway HS counselor and principal Yolanda Prim.
ATC fellow TyKesha Cross (ATC '20) was recently featured in the newest teacher profile of the I Am A Rural Teacher campaign, "Overcoming adversity through the power of education". She shares how she and her family were greatly affected by struggle and strife growing up, the mentor who helped her to graduate high school and later return to the classroom as a teacher, the atmosphere of care and compassion she creates for her students, and the importance of building bridges with parents.
Arkansas Teacher Corps 2018 fellow Tonya Bobo is one of sixteen educators who have been featured in a recently published book, Relate, Then Educate: The Untold Stories of Teachers, by Teachers. Tonya is a long-time educator who has taught elementary education in several central Arkansas school districts and has also served as an elementary content leader for ATC, mentoring other fellows teaching elementary grade levels.
An interdisciplinary faculty team in the University of Arkansas' College of Education and Health Professions has developed a wellness program for Arkansas Teacher Corps fellows with funds from a college WE CARE grant after a survey of ATC fellows revealed a critical need for mental health programming to help prevent burnout and exit from the teaching profession. WE CARE+Wellness kicked off on July 10 with a workshop for the 38 fellows in ATC's 11th cohort, who will continue to receive support on implementing the program into their lives throughout the school year.
Congratulations to the 38 fellows in ATC's 2023 cohort for completing the ATC Summer Institute, a six-week program that all new teaching fellows complete before their first year! Split between two weeks in-person at Arkansas State University and four weeks online on Zoom, the ATC Summer Institute is an intensive and demanding experience to prepare fellows to be "Day 1 ready" that many often refer to as "teacher boot camp".