Each year, Ithaca College teacher candidates visit partner schools in New York City and have the opportunity to learn from teachers, administrators, and students about meeting the needs of students in urban schools. The generosity of partners at the Frederick Douglass Academy and at Washington Heights Academy makes it possible for IC students to closely observe a mentor teacher's practice, engage in teaching at the partner school, and contemplate the possibility of becoming urban teachers themselves, seeing the promise and rewards of these environments. Administrators in both partner schools offer support to teacher candidates helping IC teacher candidates understand what administrators expect when they bring new teachers into their communities and how teachers, staff, and administrators experience their work.
Photographs from the 2014 Teacher Inquiry Conference
Each fall, IC students have the opportunity to learn from partner students at the Frederick Douglass Academy in New York City. IC students present transition-to-college workshops for 9th graders and 12th graders and teach lessons in their content areas, and a group of 12th graders in the school take IC students under their wings to educate them about the experience of being a high schooler in a high-performing urban high school. This memorable experience becomes a milestone for the IC students who complete our programs, and many choose to consider teaching in urban schools, in part, because of the powerful experiences they've had with wonderful FDA teacher-hosts and FDA students.
Graduate students present their teacher inquiry projects at a professional conference. Each year, teacher candidates in the M.S. in Childhood Education program and the M.A.T. program in Adolescence Education deliver professional presentations of their research projects.