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Center for Urban Education Receives $800,000 Grant from The Heinz Endowments to create The Heinz Fellows Program

Published on 3/29/2017 6:00:00 AM

The Heinz Fellows Program offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in the future of education. Fellows will work in collaboration with each other to support students while building the knowledge and skills to work in urban schools.

Program Benefits
  • Build the knowledge, attitudes, disposition, skills, and leadership to understand and effectively support students in urban contexts
  • Receive training in five key competencies, including urban context, tutoring and teaching, mentoring and social support, participatory action research, and arts and technology
  • Build capacity to support students’ academic and social growth through tutoring and mentoring
  • Receive a certificate from the Center for Urban Education upon completing the program
  • Earn a $38,000 annual stipend for your participation

Program Experiences
  • Work with elementary, middle, and high school students and educators in Pittsburgh’s urban schools
  • Engage with local community organizations, school officials, and parents
  • Participate in professional development opportunities such as educator forums, monthly brown bag discussions, professional conferences, and bi-annual lectures from urban education experts
  • Learn through weekly seminars led by Center for Urban Education faculty and experts in the field
  • Participate in local cultural events, including community arts showcases, faculty-curated exhibits, and high school performances
Program Requirements/Notes:
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree by June 12, 2017
  • This is a full-time position located in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • This program can not be done concurrently with any other teacher education program
  • Applicants do not need to have teaching certification or have any teaching experience
  • This program does not offer housing or benefits

To apply, please submit:
  • A completed application (download here)
  • An official college transcript
  • A résumé or C/V
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A focused essay of 3-to-5 single-spaced pages addressing one of the following topics:
        What are the most pressing challenges in urban education, and how can we address them?
        What are the main assets in urban schools/communities, and how can we build on them?

Submit application materials to Applications are due April 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)! The program will begin June 12, 2017, and run through May 31, 2018.

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