TEACH FOR AMERICA PARTNERSHIP
Since 2010, St. Andrew’s has been sharing its expertise in the neurodevelopmental demands of teaching and learning with Teach For America corps members. This unique independent/public school partnership was featured in Independent School magazine and reflects St. Andrew’s commitment to being an independent school with a public purpose. This partnership was made possible through the generous support of the National Philanthropic Trust. St. Andrew’s is proud that through its partnership with TFA, it is helping to improve instruction for its students and also for students and teachers in Washington, DC area schools. The CTTL’s longest public partnership has been with Teach for America (DC Region). St. Andrew’s is also proud that Teach for America teachers who, after finishing their two-year corps experience, have chosen to continue their teaching careers at the school. St. Andrew’s and the CTTL deeply values this partnership to support the next generation of teachers and school leaders. The partnership includes:
The Brain Science and Content Development Collaborative. In 2015, the CTTL and the Teach for America leadership team launched the Brain Science and Content Development Collaborative. This collaborative is intended to improve teachers’ understanding of and expertise in the neurodevelopmental demands of teaching and learning in their specific content areas. This collaborative will be offered in 5 different content areas: Math, English Language Arts, Science, Spanish, and Elementary. "Brain Science and Content Development" will be facilitated by St. Andrew’s teachers who each have more than 20-years of classroom experience in their respective grade levels and disciplines and who are leaders in the use of research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education Science to inform, validate and transform their pedagogical content knowledge. Participants will explore the science of discipline specific teaching and learning strategies with a particular focus on memory, attention, intrinsic motivation, growth mindset, brain plasticity, personalized learning and differentiated assessment as they relate to Math, English Language Arts, Science, Spanish, and Elementary. This collaborative will offer both on-site and on-line idea sharing and mentoring and will provide participants a research informed lens in which to design their classes and work with each student.
The Excellent School Visits Program in which Teach For America teachers observe PS-12th grade classes at St. Andrew’s and exchange ideas with teachers related to best practices. This program provides St. Andrew’s teachers a chance to share their expertise about how all students best learn. The goal of this program is to provide ideas for next-day application. Images from these visits can be seen in the photos tab above. Read a testimonial from this program.
Mentorship Program: In 2012, St. Andrew’s and Teach for America launched the "Teacher to Teacher"mentor program. Veteran St. Andrew's teachers are paired with second year Teach for America teachers to help enhance the learning environment, with a focus on content integration.
Professional Development Workshops are led by St. Andrew’s faculty on topics such as “Reading and Writing in English," “The Neurodevelopmental Demands of Teaching and Learning” and "Science by Design."
Foreign Language and Science Department Open Houses are opportunities for TFA teachers to spend the day observing teachers in a specific discipline. As part of the "Open House" program, St. Andrew's master teachers provide mini-lessons around topics such as differentiated instruction and assessment that TFA corps members take back to their classes the next day.