ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship Kicks Off Year Two
Marissa Badgley is the Programs and Policy Manager at ExpandED Schools.
In partnership with the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality, NYC Men Teach and the City University of New York, the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship launched its first cohort in September 2016. A 10-month experience designed to recruit, support, train and guide men of color who are looking for pathways into teaching or youth development careers, the Fellowship uses a blended model of professional development, mentoring, teambuilding and reflection to equip Fellows with the tools and supports necessary to reach their professional goals. The program is also designed to address some of the complex issues related to retention, representation and the challenges for men of color in the education sphere.
On March 22, the Fellowship launched its second year with an orientation for newly selected field placement site directors. Enthusiastic representatives from the Child Center of NY (CCNY), Education Alliance, Morningside Center, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF) and University Settlement convened to not only discuss expectations for next year, but to also reflect on this past year and dream about the future.
Shontai Hollingsworth, Program Director with SASF at PS/IS 116, spoke about how her program was transformed by her Fellows in year one. “Our young boys and even our young girls have really appreciated being taught by people who look like them and who have had similar life experiences. The program has also helped us with persistent challenges related to staff recruitment and retention.” Lauren Bernard, Program Director with University Settlement at the North Star Academy, reflected, “I am excited to see how we can bridge the gap between the expanded day and the regular school day by bringing Fellows in to work during all school hours.” Others spoke about hopes related to increased teacher diversity, professionalizing the afterschool space, and building the efficacy and instructional skills of line staff. In all cases, the group was eager to create change not only in their schools but also in their communities and the city at large.
This year’s field placement sites are:
- The Child Center of NY: Queens United Middle School (Queens)
- Education Alliance: PS 64, PS 188, Tompkins Square Middle School (Manhattan)
- Morningside Center: PS 214 (Bronx)
- Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation: PS/IS 116 (Queens)
- University Settlement: North Star Academy (Brooklyn)
- Wediko Children’s Services: MS 291 (Brooklyn)
- WHEDco: The Highbridge Green School (Bronx)
In 2016-17, the Fellowship served 20 Fellows and is planning to serve 30 in the 2017-2018 school year. Applications for the second cohort are being accepted until April 3.
For additional information related to the Fellowship or to find out how to become a Fellow, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.