Prospective history teachers interested in a grant supported alternative to Teach for America that extends the Liberal Arts and Humanities to underserved populations can apply now for a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching degree and California credential through Bard College in the Los Angeles “Promise Zone," a recently designated federal anti-poverty area. Consistent with the mission of Bard College, all candidates spend the bulk of their coursework studying historical content, historiography, and discipline-specific history pedagogy.
Admitted applicants will complete classes and internship residencies at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a dynamic community organization on Wilshire Boulevard in a diverse, largely Latino community challenged by high rates of childhood poverty. Bard graduate students are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Bard-HOLA community and complete coursework in their fields while building meaningful educative relationships with middle and high school youth. Programs are offered in literature, history, mathematics, biology.
Program residents will graduate with a deeper understanding of their subject area discipline, a master’s degree, a California credential, and a year of instructional experience in one of the nation’s most ambitious, place-based anti-poverty initiatives.
President Obama’s Promise Zone designation has mobilized Bard in Los Angeles to identify a small group of aspiring teachers with academic vision to join us. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we are able to offer up to $30,000 in stipend support to teachers who commit to three years of employment in high needs schools after graduation.
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