STEP-UP meeting to highlight fellowship

Education majors are welcome to attend the STEP-UP informational meeting and enjoy free pizza from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday in Room 108 of Schroeder Hall.

The STEP-UP (Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation) program offers education students the opportunity to secure a paid summer internship in Chicago.

The meeting will shed light on what STEP-UP is all about and inform students on what requirements they should meet in order to be selected for the internship. For summer 2014, the program will run from June 21 through July 18.

“STEP-UP is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience where students learn to become highly effective teachers in Chicago,” Dakota Pawlicki, operations manager for Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, said.

“[The internship program] putsinto practice what students learn in coursework on campus.  It also prepares students for a long career in teaching and increases their chances of being hired upon graduation,” he added.

The fellowship gives students a chance to intern for four weeks during the summer to come to Chicago to co-teach in a classroom. Other prospects include working with community organizations, taking seminars and living with host families during the four weeks.

All current teacher education students that are set to student teach in Fall 2014 through Spring 2016 semesters are eligible to apply to STEP-UP. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in both their cumulative and major.

The Friday meeting will provide education majors with the chance to get their questions answered, hear about the program in greater detail and learn from past participants.

The summer program is part of the TEACHER+PLUS (Teacher Education and Assessment Continuum for High-need Educators and Resources + Principal Leadership for Urban Schools) Project, which helps prepare teachers in the Chicago public school system.

The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline is sponsoring the event. The deadline to apply for the program is Feb. 7. Applications can be downloaded at TeacherPipeline.IllinoisState.Edu/Resources.  Students can contact Dakota Pawlicki at with questions or for more information.

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