Seton Teaching Fellows
Affiliation:Seton Education Partners, El Camino Faith Formation Program, Brilla Public Charter School Network
Goal of Program:Seton Teaching Fellows (STF) is an initiative of Seton Education Partners, participating in its mission to serve underprivileged children to develop the knowledge, character, and faith necessary to earn a college degree, pursue lives of value and integrity, and become saints. Fellows work as elementary & middle school classroom teachers, support staff, or in operations at Brilla Public Charter Schools, a “no excuses” public charter school network and El Camino Faith Formation Program to serve disadvantaged children in the South Bronx who do not have the means to attend a Catholic school. Fellows participate in an intensive service experience encompassing three programmatic pillars: faith, community, and education. In this way, fellows, who are passionate college-educated adults, have the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking project to serve some of our nation’s poorest students in an unprecedented way, sharing their own gifts and talents as they teach their students’ hands, hearts, and minds. Seton Teaching Fellows are committed to service, professional development, and a simple lifestyle in a supportive, spiritually-nourishing community. Together, the fellows impact the academic and faith development of underserved children in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx, New York, the poorest congressional district in America.
Type of Placement:Fellows start their day one of the Brilla Public Charter Schools—a charter school network recently featured in the NY Post (http://nypost.com/2014/09/21/how-a-bronx-charter-school-is-revolutionizing-education/), and teach classes or work in operations or development. After school hours, they lead El Camino, a Catholic extended day enrichment program for the students at Brilla (https://vimeo.com/2300757200 Fellows do not need a background in education (all majors are welcome), but they should have experience working with children. At the end of the day, Fellows go home to live with their peers in a Catholic faith community.
Service Area:New York City
Service Length:11-month school year, with the option for a second year.
Requirements:Bachelor Degree (or higher); must be competent to fulfill one's job duties as a teacher and/or support staff; desire to enter into the school's culture with an open and receptive spirit; desire to serve the poor; desire to grow spiritually and to encourage students and colleagues in this; desire to live in an intentional community and to mutually support and challenge one another.
Financial Arrangement:Fellows receive a $1,000/month stipend. Fellows might also be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (www.americorps.gov) and we have a partnership with Brilla for fellows to receive a masters degree, if interested.
Living Arrangements:Intentional Faith Community, private apartment in the Bronx. Fellows do not pay rent, but do contribute to community food costs. Utilities and internet are included.
Program Size:22 Fellows; 4 communities.
Training:Fellows receive a comprehensive orientation before the school year begins. The orientation program includes a retreat, Brilla Public Charter Schools on-boarding, professional development training, community building, additional teacher support training (e.g. classroom management techniques, lesson planning training, etc.) and community formation. Professional development and community & faith formation continues weekly for all fellows.
Application Deadline:Accepted on a rolling basis; priority given to those applications received by the end of February.