What does it take to make a great teacher?
In the words of Dean of Relay Newark Jamey Verrilli, quoted in The Economist, “Teaching is not an innate gift, nor a refuge for those who, as the old saw has it, ‘can’t do,’ but an ‘incredibly intricate, complex and beautiful craft.’”
In October, Relay announced the creation of Tutor Corps – a tutoring program that gives a diverse group of college students the opportunity to support local K-12 students. Launched in New Orleans and Houston this spring with plans to expand in the future, nearly 70 percent of tutors finished the semester with an interest in a program that would allow them to pursue teacher training while earning a bachelor’s degree in their area of interest.
Relay today announced that it will open a new campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Relay Baton Rouge will be the institution’s eleventh campus in the country and its second in Louisiana, following the launch of Relay New Orleans in 2013. Relay comes to Baton Rouge at the invitation of local leaders, who cited strong local demand for its innovative teacher preparation programs.
Last week, the Denver Post published an article describing Relay’s National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF) program, and its impact in Denver. Now entering its fourth year, NPAF is a year-long intensive professional development program designed for current principals and principal supervisors. The program is unique in its innovative approach to building participants’ instructional leadership skills.
Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) today announced that it will open a new teacher training campus in Denver, Colorado. The campus, Relay’s tenth, will create new pathways into teaching and will help to address a critical teacher shortage in Denver and surrounding communities, preparing 75 teachers in its first year.
Experts estimate that150,000 new computing jobs will need to be filled in each of the next 10 years. There is a large gap between the demands of the industry and the number of qualified applicants. Additionally, women and people of color are underrepresented in these fields. Relay believes that computer science—and coding skills, more specifically—must be an essential component of a public education.
Relay Graduate School of Education today announced that it will open a new campus in Nashville, Tennessee. Relay Nashville will be Relay’s ninth campus in the country and its second in Tennessee, following the launch of Relay Memphis in spring 2015. Relay is excited to build on the momentum gained during its first year in Tennessee and to help meet the urgent need for more teachers in high-needs schools in Nashville.
Aperio: The Relay Research Collaborative kicks off its second season next week.
Aperio was launched in 2015 to increase the visibility of research conducted by Relay faculty and colleagues, to create a venue for research faculty to receive feedback on their research, and to nurture the development of diverse ideas and perspectives among faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Relay Connect launched in March for the nearly 1,800 graduates in the Relay alumni community. The portal offers an opportunity for alumni of Relay and Teacher U (Relay’s predecessor) to connect with each other and to engage with a number of different tools to make them more effective educators and professionals. Through Relay Connect, alumni are now able to post and search for jobs, plan and attend events, provide updates and resources to each other, and more.
The 2016 admissions season is officially underway, and we are eager to enroll the next class of game-changing teachers.
We have created this short highlight reel to showcase the Relay experience for prospective graduate students considering Relay.
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