We are midway through our Summer Academy for new students. About 100 rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders are at CCSC every weekday morning for four weeks, taking humanities and math courses and learning the ropes, from the dress code to classroom systems like Homework First boxes, Do Nows, Shout Outs, merits and, yes, demerits.
Their teachers are new to CCSC, too, but they have spent the past ten months training intensively, as part of the Match Teacher Residency (MTR). We are excited that four of the Summer Academy teachers will join the CCSC faculty in 2014-15.
Now in its fourth year, the CCSC-MTR summer partnership brings together two organizations dedicated to closing the achievement gap among urban students. Already state-certified and midway through earning their Master’s in Effective Teaching, the nine MTR teachers working at Summer Academy have received rigorous coaching from master teachers while working at one of Match’s five high-performing charter schools in Boston and doing graduate coursework in education.
MTR staff and CCSC faculty closely supervise and coach the MTRs to ensure that Summer Academy successfully prepares new students to hit the ground running in the fall. Match teachers work closely with CCSC department chairs prior to the start of Summer Academy, so that the math and English courses that students take over the summer are closely aligned with their term-time courses. The Summer Academy schedule, which runs from 8:30 to 12:30, has three class periods, two of humanities (non-fiction) and one of math every day.
Here are brief introductions of the four new teachers joining the CCSC faculty this fall from the Match Teacher Residency program.
Laura Brager majored in math at Emory University. She will teach Algebra II and AP Calculus.
Jake Friedman is a graduate of Duke University, where he studied political science and economics and earned an award in American Government and Constitutional Law. He will teach Integrated Math B.
Zoe Masters majored in physics at Princeton University, where she earned two departmental awards and was a peer tutor for three years. She will teach physics to 9th graders and physical science to 8th graders.
Claire Scherer majored in English and minored in philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, where she was a member of the school’s Division I women’s crew team. She will teach humanities to 8th and 9th grade students.