Today, the Connecticut campus of the Relay Graduate School of Education, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse teacher residency programs, was re-approved by the State Department of Education to continue operating its alternative route certification (ARC) program for aspiring teachers in the state.
The Heinz Family Foundation today named education reformer Norman Atkins the recipient of the prestigious 23rd Heinz Award in the Human Condition category. Mr. Atkins is recognized for pioneering new education and teacher training models that are effecting dramatic, positive change in educational achievement among low-income student populations, and for co-founding the Relay Graduate School of Education, the first major redesign of teacher preparation in this country in decades.
Juan is a Relay Graduate School Resident and 12th grade teacher at Southside Occupational Academy, part of Chicago Public schools, in Chicago, Illinois. It’s a transition high school for exceptional learners aged 16-22, which offers classes in daily living, social learning and vocations, including horticulture and carpentry. In his spare time, Juan likes to walk his 6-year-old German Shepherd, spend time with family and friends and travel.
Leaders of five Illinois colleges of education today announced they are joining forces to create the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network, which will address a need identified by the state’s school superintendents and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to ensure that every child has access to effective teachers.
The founding deans are:
Effective classroom management systems provide the foundation for a strong classroom culture to flourish - a culture where students feel safe, are willing to take risks and are motivated to meet high expectations. The shift to blended and personalized approaches presents new management challenges as teachers design dynamic learning environments that introduce a range of learning modalities to students.
Being a school principal is not new to Dontae Wilson. The former high school science teacher became principal at Robert B. Pollock Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year. However, as Dontae will tell you, it wasn’t until he went through the National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF) in 2016 that he truly became a school leader.
Now welcoming its eighth cohort of students as an independent institution, Relay Graduate School of Education has grown from a student body of about 300 aspiring teachers to working with over 3,500 aspiring teachers and 1,200 school leaders across the country this fall. Today, Relay is the nation’s largest teacher residency program with 90 percent of its alumni choosing and remaining with a career in education.
With all the interest in innovative school models, many schools are creating 'flex time' periods during the day for students to increase student agency. We at Silicon Schools Fund and Relay Graduate School of Education set out to understand what makes flex time periods work best and started with a deep dive studying and writing about the topic.
Hi, Friends —
I write today with wonderful news about Relay Graduate School of Education. This summer, Dr. Mayme Hostetter – one of our nation’s very best teachers of PK-12 students and their teachers – will take the leadership baton from me as President of our institution.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, Relay is thrilled to highlight some of our most passionate & dedicated teachers who are continuously making an impact in the lives of their students!
Today’s spotlight is Ms. Chidimma Emelue! Ms. Emelue is a teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academy/Memphis. Relay would like to thank you for your commitment to your student’s success, which serves as a prime example of why Relay exists and continues to do the work that we do!
Check out our Q&A with Chidimma below!
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