You'll meet with us for the first time on this day to to sign-in, complete action items for your summer school teaching, get some TFA swag, and begin meeting fellow corps members and staff! Registration Day is critical because once you sign in it triggers your stipends to be released to your bank account that week. You'll also complete a background check and TB test, both requirements for you to be able to teach summer school in the spring. If you choose to live in the dorms at Summer Training this is the day that you'll move in!
Induction Week is your full fledged introduction to Teach For America Chicago-Northwest Indiana. It's not exactly a full week, but Induction Week is June 18-20. We focus on building relationships between Corps Members, staff, and community partners, as well as building your knowledge about Chicago-Northwest Indiana. We'll look into the history of oppression AND resistance in our community. We'll also dig deeper into what it means being a member of the 2019 Chicago-Northwest Indiana Corps, our theory of leadership for your development, and then celebrating your start of this journey!
While Induction Week is a broader look at the work we're doing in Chicago-Northwest Indiana, the rest of the summer will be your preparation to begin doing that work! On that Friday, you'll start the day by hearing from Christina Fissori, the Managing Director of Summer Training. She'll give a broad overview of what your summer will look and feel like, explain how our school partners work, and make sure your questions about the summer are answered. You'll then meet your University Partner in a session where they discuss what courses you'll engage with over the summer and how this impacts your path to gaining a full teaching license in Chicago-Northwest Indiana. Finally, if you haven't already been hired at a placement school for the fall, this will be your chance to have in-person interviews with schools.
If you’re interviewing with schools please dress professionally.
Content week is five days of training and preparation before you begin teaching summer school. This is where you'll begin engaging in your teacher development. You'll be working with your coaches and other corps members who teach the same content as you to prepare for the first day of summer school. This looks like practicing lessons, rehearsing teaching techniques, and giving and receiving feedback about your lesson modeling, all in the aim of setting the foundation for your growth the rest of summer. It's a week where you'll get a lot of information, but a lot of time to practice and internalize that information. You’re not going to be an expert by the end of content week, but you will start to build the muscle memory of a strong teacher. You’ll also build relationships with your summer school corps members and staff since you’ll start teaching summer school the next week!
July 1 is your first day teaching Summer School. You'll be teaching your students in the morning using the skills you practiced in content week. You'll receive feedback from coaches and reflect on your development. Some days you’ll be recording your teaching and re-watching to see whether your directions are clear, and to see how you’re praising students and giving re-directing off-task behavior. As we mentioned in the Why Summer Training Video this is also a very important time for our students to grow and learn. Your work is integral to that. In the afternoons you'll participate in development sessions to continue your development as a teacher. This will involve time with your coaches and reflecting on your identity to put into place culturally responsive teaching practices. The last day of Summer School with your students will be July 26, so you'll have a couple weeks of time with your students. While it may not seem like much, you'll be amazed at the relationships and classroom culture you can build within that time.
There will be no programming on July 4 and July 5. July 5 is TFA Day, a day for you to take care of yourself! That could be searching for apartments, getting some much needed rest, or finding a therapist.
During Post-Teaching time you'll launch your 1st year as a Corps Member, meet your coach, engage in sessions with your University Partner, and go through your AmeriCorps orientation. While it's only two days, post-teaching time is incredibly important to set you up for a successful first day of school.