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YEAR ONE: The Apprenticeship Year

In the first year of the program, participants serve as an apprentice teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) in an International High School while completing a Master’s Degree in TESOL and Long Island University (LIU). Apprentice teachers also work closely with an experienced mentor teacher at their International High School, becoming fully immersed in the school and team. As part of the I-START experience, apprentice teachers will partake in the following:

Immersion in the Internationals Approach:

  • Design projects with the mentor teacher, team and other apprentice(s). Projects will focus on the core competencies the apprentice needs to develop in order to be able to implement the Internationals Approach.
  • Participate in seminars to learn about the theories and research on which the approach is based.

Develop curriculum:

Work with the mentoring teacher to develop and implement standards-driven, interdisciplinary, project-based curricula that:

  • Incorporate ESL and bilingual methodologies.
  • Include multiple opportunities for language development in their subject area.
  • Are designed for learners who are heterogeneous in their linguistic and academic proficiencies.
  • Embed and support language learning within content-focused projects and activities.

A school-based approach:

Participate fully in the life of an International High School by:

  • Collaborating in an interdisciplinary planning and teaching team.
  • Attending staff meetings and, if they choose, supporting extracurricular activities.

Assess students:

Measure student effort and learning habits through performance-based assessment.

Participate in Master’s Degree Courses at Long Island University:

  • Take TESOL courses at LIU especially designed to build and extend the successful curriculum implemented at the International High Schools and place it within a theoretical framework.
  • Incorporate coursework into their experience teaching alongside a mentor at one of the Internationals High Schools.
  • Complete course assignments that link the LIU courses to the curriculum of the schools.
  • Visit other schools serving English Language Learners as part of the university coursework.
  • Participate in professional activities at the university.
  • Complete the TESOL program requirements to qualify for New York State Certification B.

Teaching Placement:

  • Internationals Network will coordinate hiring of successful residency graduates into one of our Internationals Network High Schools (openings permitting) or provide support in the apprentices’ placement in another school in the Empowerment Schools network.

YEAR TWO: The Induction Year

After successful completion of the first year of the program, apprentices become full teachers of record in a NYC DOE school (under a Transitional B License). As participants assume full teaching responsibilities, they also:

  • Continue taking coursework at LIU that in its second year is designed for the inducted I-START teachers.
  • Receive ongoing professional support: Attend Internationals Network-wide professional development events, and maintain a relationship with a mentor teacher either at an International or at another public school serving English Language Learners, who will guide their professional growth in the context of their school community.
  • Complete the Master’s Degree in TESOL and all the New York State Teaching Certification requirements for TESOL Certification.