A new fellowship between Virginia Beach Public Schools and the University of Virginia will bridge the gap between teacher preparation at the university and teaching in our local schools.
It’s called the Curry Teaching Fellowship and it’s all about training and retaining high quality teachers.
VBCPS will hire Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia teacher candidates for a yearlong residency in areas of critical need, such as special education, secondary math, science and technology. It’ll help the students by giving them valuable classroom experience and helping to offset education expenses as they pursue their licensure.
“This partnership with Curry Teaching Fellowship represents a leap forward in how we prepare teachers for our classrooms,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, VBCPS superintendent. “This is akin to a residency in the medical profession, which provides individuals with in-depth training in a specific area. Our selected fellows will learn firsthand what it takes to be an outstanding teacher. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to those looking for a career in education.”
The residency will involve traditional fall student-teaching semesters as well as the spring, offering students work in instructional support roles and as co-teachers with specially trained mentor teachers. If Curry fellows commit to remaining in VBCPS for at least the first three years of their teaching careers, then, after graduation, the fellows will receive two additional years of individualized job coaching and classroom support from Curry faculty.
Selected candidates will begin their fellowships in September 2017.