DENVER FELLOW RESIDENCY JOB DESCRIPTION – 2018-2019
Salary: $21,000 per year
Benefits: Medical and dental options
AmeriCorps: Potential $5,920 education award eligibility
Focus: Math or Literacy
Location: Denver, CO
Program Overview: The Denver Fellow Residency is a prestigious program designed for those interested in becoming teachers. It offers an opportunity to get a Colorado Initial Teacher Licensure and a Master of Arts in Teaching while working in Denver Public Schools. Fellow Residents spend the first year of the program working with small groups of students while being supported by an experienced teacher. They then move into teaching full sized classes in the second year. During both years of the fellowship, Fellow Residents enroll as graduate students at Relay. They receive professional development and coaching from the Relay faculty, and will receive their teacher license at the end of the first year of the program. At the successful conclusion of the two-year residency, Fellow Residents will earn their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
Relay graduate students begin coursework the summer before the school year begins. Once the school year starts, graduate students attend in-person sessions one evening and one afternoon per week. While students attend classes in-person each month, approximately 40% of the Relay program is completed online. Denver Fellow Residents will be eligible for licensure in one of the following endorsement areas: Elementary Education (K-6) or Secondary Math (7-12)
During their first year, Fellow Residents build strong relationships with a cohort of students and leverage those relationships to increase student engagement and achievement. They build individualized lesson plans using provided curriculum and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps and support grade level instruction. Fellow Residents work with small groups of no more than 4 students at a time. They receive program-wide professional development as well as targeted individual coaching and development.
Essential Functions and Objectives: The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Instruction and Culture:
- Identify gaps in student understanding and work with students on the mastery of foundational math or reading material.
- Use grade level lesson plans in order to support what students are learning in their regular math or reading class.
- Work with students to set and track progress toward short term and long term goals.
- Create a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
- Implement the following lesson sequence during each tutorial: Do Now, Math or Literacy Content, Exit Ticket.
- Plan daily and weekly lessons based on materials provided.
- Prepare instructional activities to meet the needs of each student.
- Collaborate with appropriate classroom teachers and Fellow Coordinator to align the work being done in tutorial with other classes.
- Modify instruction and related lesson plans based on student assessment results.
Communication & Feedback:
- Conduct positive phone calls home to update families on student progress.
- Proactively communicate with Fellow Coordinator, teachers and families when there is a challenge with a particular student.
- Actively participate in professional development activities necessary to successfully carry out job-related duties.
- Meet with Fellow Coordinator in order to receive coaching and feedback.
- Maintain confidentiality of student information as required by law and district policies.
- Support school/district behavior rules and policies.
Knowledge, Experience, & Other Qualifications:
Being a Fellow Resident is an intense but rewarding experience. It’s important to understand the urgency and rigor needed to ensure every child succeeds, feels capable, cared for, and connected based on their experience in the program. We are looking for individuals who possess or are willing to develop the following:
- The ability to build positive relationships with students and colleagues
- A flexible attitude and disposition
- Background with math and/or literacy content
- Ability to plan ahead and stay organized
- Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
- Cumulative undergraduate (or Masters, JD, PhD, if applicable) grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (applicants with a G.P.A. between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission by submitting an additional letter of recommendation that explains their qualifications for admission to Relay)
- Robust content knowledge, as demonstrated by one of the following:
- A major in, or closely related to, the intended teaching field
- A passing score on the appropriate PLACE or Praxis II Content test. If the candidate has not yet taken the PLACE or Praxis II, they can provide an upcoming test date
- 24 semester hours of college-level coursework, pursuant to CDE content area worksheet requirements
Tuition and Aid
Relay is committed to ensuring that its programs are affordable. The total program value is $35,000 and all graduate students are eligible to receive the Urban Teacher Scholarship, which significantly reduces tuition to $17,500 over the two years. To further offset the out-of-pocket cost, Relay Denver will accept Fellow Residents’ AmeriCorps awards. Tuition is subject to change. Graduate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.
About the Partnership
In partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, the Denver Fellow Residency program allows aspiring teachers to earn a master’s degree in teaching and a Colorado teaching certificate while working with some of our highest needs students. This prestigious, paid, two-year fellowship immerses Fellows in intensive training through coursework and deliberate practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. Supported by an experienced teacher, fellows work with small groups of students before stepping into the classroom full-time during their second year of the program.
About Denver Public Schools
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of 185 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with an enrollment of 88,000 students. Of those, 58% of the school district’s enrollment is Hispanic, 20% is Caucasian, and 15% is African American. Seventy-two percent of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.