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Aspire Teacher Residency: Train to Teach With One of the Nation’s Top-Performing Public School Systems

Aspire Public Schools, California’s top-performing large, high-poverty school system, changes the odds for low-income students.  Currently, Aspire educates over 14,000 students in 38 schools in California and Memphis, TN and makes a promise to every single Aspire student:  College for Certain.  Over the past four years, nearly 100% of Aspire’s seniors graduated with admission to a four-year college or university. 

Aspire believes the that teacher performance is the single most important school influence in improving student achievement and that it’s the organization’s job to prepare, support and develop great teachers.  The Aspire Teacher Residency (ATR), Aspire’s teacher-preparation program was designed to do just that – prepare excellent teachers by pairing theory and practice through master's level coursework and classroom practicum. The goal is to provide Teacher Residents with the theory and give them the opportunity to apply it in practice with the support of a successful Mentor Teacher. 

The ATR program offers:

  • An MA in Curriculum and Instruction and teaching license from University of the Pacific in one year
  • A $13,500 stipend, plus medical benefits, for the first year
  • The opportunity to work in a classroom with a highly-effective Mentor Teacher four days/week for an entire school year
  • Priority hiring for a full-time, paid teaching position at an Aspire school and tuition-reimbursement benefits for Residents who successfully complete the first year
  • ATR-Memphis Residents may also receive a $600/month housing stipend in year 1 and relocation reimbursement up to help with moving costs to California and/or Memphis

Residency placements are available throughout California and in Memphis, TN.  Applications for the 2015/16 program are due March 13, 2015.  For more information, go to:


DreamWakers is a new nonprofit organization that connects public school classrooms with exceptional career speakers who work at places like the White House, Google and Nike, to name a few. DreamWakers' services are completely free for teachers! How does the process work? During 30-minute "flashchat” discussions (via Skype or Google Hangout), their speakers provide a unique hook to your lesson plan. These sessions offer students a fresh perspective on the real-world applicability of the lesson, and the opportunity to engage with dynamic professionals across a variety of industries. They have an array of speakers which they can match to any subject in 3rd-12th grade public school classrooms. Whether you're a teacher or an interested speaker, sign-up, and they'll connect you! You can visit their website for more information. Questions? Contact Monica at 


What do 379 City Year corps members and alumni have in common? They’ve all applied to become full-time classroom teachers with Teach For America in the 2015-2016 school year! TFA corps members earn full salaries (up to $51,000/year) and teach Pre-K-12th grade in 50 regions across the country, while receiving two years of intensive classroom support and earning state teaching certification. After the two-year commitment, TFA alums go on to careers in teaching, policy, non-profits, and more. TFA will continue to accept applications for the 2015 corps through March 6th and 46 of the 50 regions are still open for placement. Interested? Start the 2-hour application! Have a bunch of questions, or not sure it’s the right fit? Sign up for an informal 1:1 phone call with TFA representative Lindy Smalt.


The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute just launched a new initiative: The Franklin Project Ambassadors Program is a year-long leadership development program and local engagement strategy that will catalyze support for universal national service in communities across the country. The Franklin Project will recruit up to 50 emerging leaders from up to 35 communities across the country to take part in this new initiative.


Beginning in June with an all-expenses-paid seminar and training in Washington, DC, Ambassadors will return to their home communities empowered to expand service year opportunities and inspire others around the Franklin Project’s “big idea” of national service as an expectation, opportunity, and rite of passage in America. They are looking for leaders between the ages of 28-45 to apply, and successful candidates will have demonstrated community connections, convening power, and a commitment to national service. Although they are targeting a series of metropolitan areas, applicants will be considered from anywhere in the country.  The deadline to apply is March 16th.


The American Gap Year Association wants to learn more about students choies, obstacles, and successes in taking a "gap year".  To help them in this learning process, take this short survey (10-15 minutes). 


The 2015 New England MBA Forum is on Tuesday, March 24 from 5-8PM ET.  The event is sponsored by the Boston MBA Consortium and will be held at the Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston.  To register for this free forum, visit  Several of the universities attending offer MBA scholarships specifically for City Year Alumni!


Challenge Detroit is an urban revitalization project bringing together individuals of various intellects and backgrounds from our own backyard and across the country to come together to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit by uniting with area companies, non-profits and cultural institutions.  Fellows will earn a $36,000 while working at one of the top companies in the region.  The deadline to apply is March 8th.  To learn more, click here.