How the Program Works
Interns begin with a self-directed induction period in July, an orientation in August and ongoing seminars that take place once-a-week from August through early June. In the classroom, their responsibilities are increased gradually and deliberately. They instruct classes, work with small groups of students, and otherwise function as real teachers. They are expected to report to school early, attend staff meetings and parent conferences, assess student work and prepare materials at home.
There are times during the year when the pressures on interns of the program become quite great. This pressure is neither accidental nor contrived. Pressure in teaching is a reality with which interns must learn to cope with skill, resilience and humor.
Work Side by Side with a Mentor Teacher
The mentor teachers in whose classes interns work are chosen from among the best professionals in the region. Interns are observed and supported by faculty coaches on the UVEI staff who are also highly experienced educators. The purpose of the seminars and the aim of the mentor teachers are the same: to help interns develop and prove their competence as classroom teachers. Demonstrating each of 10 teaching competencies is by far the most important requirement for successful completion of the program.