Sheridan’s mission is to create an inclusive, vibrant learning community in a collaborative environment, and our faculty works with aspiring teachers to provide on-the-job training. Teacher training at Sheridan affords prospective educators the opportunity to learn and apply specific methods with the support of experienced mentor teachers. Participants begin to develop their teaching styles while learning the responsibilities and rewards of teaching.
Sheridan employs two apprentice teachers as full-time faculty members. Apprentices are assigned to a specific classroom each of the three terms of the school year and work alongside the regular classroom teachers to plan, instruct, and assess student work. They participate in faculty meetings, student-involved parent conferences, and non-academic student supervision.
Along with other teachers who are new to Sheridan, apprentices work with an experienced mentor and attend new teacher meetings designed to support new faculty members and familiarize them with Sheridan. During weekly classes, apprentices receive instruction in the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development of elementary and middle school students and training in Sheridan’s instructional programs. Apprentices attend Independent Education’s Beginning Teacher Institute and are encouraged to pursue other professional development opportunities.
Candidates must have an undergraduate degree, demonstrate an interest in a career in classroom teaching, and be willing to participate in all professional aspects of teaching. Prior training or experience in education is not required though successful candidates generally have either experience working with children or related coursework. Apprentice teachers do not receive course credit but are paid a $32,000 stipend and may choose to assume paid extracurricular duties.
We are eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups. All positions for the 2014-2015 school year have been filled. We will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year in December.
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Sheridan collaborates with the education departments at several local universities to provide classroom observation and teaching opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students as part of their degree programs. Placements are designed to fulfill university course requirements and may include instruction in Sheridan’s programs, classroom observations and supported teaching opportunities.
University teachers are placed by the cooperating institution for the purpose of completing either an undergraduate or graduate degree. University teachers are not paid but do receive course credit and may choose to assume paid extracurricular duties. Sheridan currently has relationships with Howard University and The Catholic University of America. Inquiries regarding partnerships with additional universities may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.