In late June 2018, you’ll begin your commitment with a rigorous six-week pre-service training program. You will study proven teaching techniques that great teachers use every day to advance student learning and you can expect to practice these techniques intensively, both with peers and with real students in summer-school classrooms.
Rather than overwhelming you with training that is a mile wide but an inch deep, our instructors and coaches will prepare you to teach by focusing first on mastery of foundational teaching skills before shifting to more advanced practices.
Outstanding local educators will prepare you to raise student achievement by teaching you how to deliver the content your students must learn and to keep students focused and engaged in your lessons. You must demonstrate an emerging proficiency in these fundamental skills by the end of pre-service training to earn teaching eligibility for the fall.
A Typical Day During Pre-Service Training
Pre-service training is a full-time commitment, running from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each weekday. The program is extremely demanding and does not allow for absences.
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Field Experience in a Summer School Classroom
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Responsive coaching and preparation for the next day
Once enrolled, you will be expected to attend a PST Preview event in March where you will gain a better vision of the PST training model while meeting other enrollees and staff. To do that, you’ll spend time learning and practicing a couple of Teach Like a Champion techniques. Expect more information, including the dates, when you enroll.
Once enrolled, you must attend a mandatory three-day orientation in May. During your visit you will understand and embrace the vision for PST, learn how your performance will be measured over the summer, meet Baltimore city’s students and explore its schools and communities, cultivate relationships with other enrollees, BCTR staff and alumni, complete and submit employment paper work with Baltimore City schools. This will also be a great time to meet members of your cohort, alumni, staff, and other individuals working in education. Expect more information, including the dates, when you enroll.
Pre-service Training Handbook
During Orientation Week you’ll receive the Pre-Service Training Handbook to help you make the most of your summer training experience. The handbook explains our innovative training model, including the fundamental skills you will be expected to master (“Fast Start” skills), the techniques we’ve adapted from Teach Like a Champion, skill-building sessions, diversity and inclusion sessions, field experience, and coaching and evaluation methods. The handbook will also include more information on the summer schedule and logistics.