- MATCH Teacher Residency - teacher prep program in Boston that gives recent college graduates one year of intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers.
- Volunteering with GoEco
- Center for Behavioral and Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University (CDBR) Undergraduate Summer Research Internship in Judgment and Decision Making
- Summit Oaks: hiring staff to help supervise adolescents (ages 10-17) who often have a history of abuse, neglect, behavioral difficulties, and psychological diagnoses.
Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?
If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--a highly innovative, one-year teacher residency program.
Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.
What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.
MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses” charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.
We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home. MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School. For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGUV8Jbeu-c
Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:
For more information about MATCH Teacher Residency, check out this video:
Or go to our website:
We at GoEco would like to highlight two of our volunteer programs that are suitable for students of Psychology.
The first, Childcare and Teaching in Palampur & Dharamsala, is located in beautiful northern India. Nestled in the base of the massive Himalayan Mountains, Palampur is surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests. This all-inclusive project is one of the most affordable programs we offer and is a great way to travel, give back to local communities, and gain international volunteer experience while on a budget.
The second is a program located in tropical Costa Rica: Teaching and Social Work in San José. This project begins with a week long orientation including Spanish courses that aim to familiarize participants with Costa Rican culture and improve their language skills. Volunteers are able to volunteer at a variety of teaching and social work projects around the city of San José.
------Undergraduate Summer Research Internship in Judgment and Decision Making ----
The Center for Behavioral and Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University is accepting applications from undergraduates interested in conducting judgment and decision making in our summer research internship. The program begins on June 10, 2012 and ends on July 29, 2012.
The CBDR summer internship is open to students who are interested in gaining familiarity with and executing research in the field of judgment and decision-making. The Center includes researchers with training in social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience, organizational behavior, marketing, and risk perception. Interns will spend approximately 30 hours/week working in close contact with faculty and graduate students affiliated with the center. Work includes conducting experiments with CBDR researchers in the lab and field (on our Data Truck). In weekly seminars, researchers will present the results of the research conducted by the interns the previous week and lead workshops on related topics (e.g., from intertemporal choice to the graduate admissions process).
For information about the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research, please visit: http://cbdr.cmu.edu.
In additional to learning about research, interns will have ample time to explore the city of Pittsburgh. This year, Pittsburgh was named America’s “most livable city” for the second time in 5 years. Its strengths include a low cost of living, excellent public transportation and climate, a vibrant arts scene including several nationally renowned museums, historic districts, and professional sports at an affordable price (e.g., Major League Baseball tickets may be purchased for as little as $9, right before games). More information can be found at: http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/.
Interns will be provided with university housing and access to university facilities, but will be responsible for all other costs (e.g., transportation to and from Pittsburgh and meals).
The deadline for applications is March 4th, 2012.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. A resume or curriculum vitae. Please include your university, major, relevant courses, relevant research experience, GPA, and email address.
2. A one page cover letter describing your research experience and interests. Please include information regarding why you would like to attend the program.
3. A letter of reference from a member of your academic community; either a graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, or professor.
Materials should be submitted to Professor Morewedge’s administrative assistant, Ms. Ashley Wheeler by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by
regular mail to:
CBDR Summer Internship
c/o Ashley Wheeler
Tepper School of Business
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Applicants will be notified of their status by March 18th.
From Dr. DeVita (emailed to psyc majors on 3/13):
If you are 21 years old and want a FT or PT job (which could most likely give FT hours in the summer) and are willing to work with difficult adolescents in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program (PRTP) . . . then read the rest of this.
Summit Oaks is a PRTP run through Lutheran Social Services. Summit Oaks is wanting to hire staff to help supervise adolescents (ages 10-17) who often have a history of abuse, neglect, behavioral difficulties, and psychological diagnoses. These tend to be a difficult group of "kids" to handle, but I know that the Summit Oaks program gives substantial training and I've known a number of Augie students who have worked there or done an internship there successfully.
The open position is for Summit Oaks I (the psyciatric residential program). Note that jobs at Summit Oaks II (which is a MORE intensive program only for very difficult adolescent females) usually require more experienced applicants or those who have completed their bachelor's degree (graduating seniors could apply now, I suppose, for employment after graduation).
Please visit the Lutheran Social Services website to learn more about the open position and to view the application materials to be sent: www.lsssd.org Applications should be turned in by March 31st.