In August 2016, a group of New York City teachers participated in the first Relay Summer Coding Institute, a one-week intensive program focused on computer science pedagogy and content. The Institute was a pilot program designed to prepare more teachers to offer coding classes and clubs at their schools.
At an October recruitment event hosted by The Fellowship - Black Male Educators for Social Justice (BMEC), a group dedicated to attracting more black men to the teaching profession, Relay Graduate School of Education restated its commitment to help grow and diversify Philadelphia’s teaching force.
Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) today announced that it will open a campus in Connecticut, serving aspiring teachers in multiple cities across the state, including Bridgeport, East Hartford, New Haven, Norwalk, and Waterbury. Approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education on November 2nd, the new campus will offer teacher certification to aspiring teachers.
This summer, Relay Graduate School of Education is welcoming its largest class of educators. In total, the institution now serves about 2,000 current and aspiring teachers and 400 principals and principal supervisors, up from about 1,700 students in the 2015-16 school year. This year’s class nearly doubles Relay’s network of educators, which includes more than 2,500 alumni.
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.
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