The newest addition to the Secondary Ed family at UW-Madison is well under way. This amazing group of aspiring teachers came together for the first time this past week.
On Monday we gathered at the Red Gym for an orientation, meeting each other and introducing the wide array of staff that will support their journey into the classroom. After lunch and a rainy resource walk, the first university course met- Language Awareness with Prof Prasad and Lisa Velarde.
Through the middle of the week, site based field teams began work at a variety of local community settings. Additionally, in their second course- Social & Cultural Approaches to Ed Policy with Prof Lee, they began tackling the multi-faceted question—why school? Some students were also able to join Aaron Bird Bear on cultural and historic tour of the UW campus, exploring life throughout the past 12,000 years on this land.
The week wrapped up with luncheon at Olbrich Gardens. Community partners, current students from both cohorts, field staff, and upcoming instructors had time to connect, reflect on the first week, and look forward to the upcoming year. Off to a strong start.
As the Wisconsin days get longer, the weather gets warmer, albeit rainier; it marks the time for a welcomed spring break in many area schools.
For the teacher candidates (TC) of Cohort 17, it is crunch time! The insights, experiences and goals from the previous semesters, and their previous lives, are all merging as they take a large step in many key areas:
For the teacher candidates of Cohort 18, we are less than 2 months from starting the journey. Accepted applicants are finalizing entry requirements and scholarship applications. The areas of English and Social Studies are putting a hold on new applications. They have reached their capacity and will only review new applications for this cohort if space becomes available.
Within the program, we are arranging the summer field sites for the community-based practicum and will soon be sending TC’s a survey to help us pair them with a fruitful experience. We are also talking with potential cooperating teachers for the 2017-18 school year.
Cohort 19 and beyond… If you are considering the UW-Madison Secondary Education program as your pathway to becoming a certified teacher, we welcome the chance to answer questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out. firstname.lastname@example.org
The application portal will open in early June, 2017 for folks intending to be part of our cohort starting in June, 2018
The first group of applicants are on their way!
We are working to build a dynamic group of future teachers that will be joining us in June, 2017. All subject area teams have finished reviewing the priority applicant pool, made decisions and letters have been sent to the candidates.
Applications that came to us through November and to this point in December, are being sent the subject area review teams now.
At this point there is still room in all four areas:
ENGLISH - open
MATHEMATICS - open
SCIENCE - Open
SOCIAL STUDIES - Open
However, all are over half way full and some are nearing their capacity.
We will continue to provide updates as the application period progresses.
On Monday morning, June 13th, UWTeach welcomed its second cohort to the program. Fifty-eight energetic students were greeted by the program coordinator Joey Anderson-Lubasi as well as by other faculty, instructors, and graduate-student supervisors. The room in Union South was packed, and the new students were clearly excited about getting started. The new group includes students from as far away as Las Cruces, New Mexico and Durham, New Hampshire who are joining all those hailing from Wisconsin. Thirty-five of the new students are former UW alums. These individuals bring in backgrounds from areas such as English, history, philosophy, art history on the humanities side to applied mathematics, industrial and mechanical engineering, and chemistry on the science side of things. We even have students who have backgrounds in international affairs, urban studies, and public policy. We're glad to have everyone here. It will definitely be an exciting 14 months!
The window is closing on applying for the program for a June 2016 start date. While we still have openings for those interested in getting certified in mathematics and English, the slots for social studies and science are nearly gone. If you have an application started in either of these areas, you should get it completed as soon as possible.
For those interested in submitting applications for mathematics and English, there is still time. If you have questions or would like to talk to our program director, please contact Joey Anderson at email@example.com.