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					Relay School of Education
Newark
2011 Program Guide
Relay School of Education
                                                                                              OVERVIEW
In February 2011, in a historic move, the New York State Board of Regents chartered Relay School of
Education (RSE). Its design boldly addresses U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s call for spirited
innovation and clear accountability in teacher training. More significantly, its creation responds directly to
President Barack Obama’s call for a new “army of teachers,” better prepared than their forebears, to help
build the future of this nation.

RSE is designed for just that purpose – to create a new generation of excellent teachers who will be trained to
excel in America’s urban classrooms and close the achievement gap. This is some of the most noble and
important work in America today.

More specifically, RSE grows out of Teacher U, the ground-breaking program that has operated in
partnership with Hunter College and through which hundreds of New York City charter and district school
teachers have earned master’s degrees by demonstrating that they have led their students to meaningful
achievement gains.


UNIQUE PROGRAMMATIC FEATURES
RSE emerges out of the shared work of three of the country’s highest performing charter school management
organizations – Uncommon Schools, KIPP, and Achievement First. These networks have consistent and
impressive track records of creating exemplary schools and preparing low-income students for college. Their
work has informed many of the techniques and strategies that are the core of the Teacher U program and are
at the heart of RSE. In particular, there are ten key program features that distinguish the RSE program:

     1. Learn and execute. RSE focuses on teaching its enrolled teachers concrete techniques that they
        can immediately implement as teachers, more so than on learning theory and research.

     2. Be trained by professors who are themselves “champion” teachers. RSE faculty is comprised
        of some of the highest performing urban teachers and leaders who themselves have had success
        teaching low-income students. Instructors teach students by modeling precisely the techniques and
        strategies that can be implemented immediately and effectively in K-12 classrooms.

     3. Watch and analyze teacher “game” film. RSE enrolled teachers learn to perform in their own
        classrooms the moves of model teachers by first witnessing moments of exemplary execution. Video
        is the best way to do this because (a) it allows enrolled teachers to virtually visit hundreds of teachers
        and their classrooms across the country; and (b) it precisely captures particular moves and
        techniques, enabling enrolled teachers to isolate them for clear viewing.

     4. Receive multiple instructional and management “at-bats.” Core assignments at RSE involve
        practicing the teaching techniques in the classroom. Armed with a Flip video camera and tripod, RSE
        students film themselves in action and then receive feedback from their instructors on how well they
        are “hitting the ball” in their classrooms.

     5. Demonstrate it in the classroom and move on. RSE’s program is competency-based. Some
        enrolled teachers may take longer than others to get through the material and show their
        competency. On the other hand, experienced individuals with previous training may demonstrate
        their mastery of various techniques and to engage in a professional development program that is
        tailored to their needs, thereby more efficiently fulfilling the program requirements.




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    6. Engage in high-quality online learning sessions. RSE is pushing the envelope in online
       instruction, delivering videos and practice exercises that develop skills and enhance learning. The
       blending of in-person learning with online learning gives enrolled teachers the flexibility and
       convenience to learn at their own pace.

    7. Experience an aligned community of professors, principals, deans, and coaches. Based on its
       partnerships and experience in the charter school world, RSE professors – more than at many other
       programs – ensure that they teach their enrolled teachers a mindset and set of skills that are
       strategically and purposely aligned with the approaches and strategies utilized by the instructional
       leaders and mentors at the schools at which our enrolled teachers are employed.

    8. Drive instruction with data. Through its programs, RSE trains novice teachers to assess their
       students in a way that generates meaningful information about their learning, which – in turn – will
       improve their instruction. By setting ambitious goals for students, investing students in those goals,
       regularly checking for their students’ understanding, delivering aligned interim-assessments,
       effectively analyzing the outcomes of those assessments, and re-planning on the basis of that analysis,
       RSE enrolled teachers will be in a strong position to produce and track meaningful student learning.

    9. Exemplify the character strengths you want your students to develop. At RSE, enrolled
       teachers are taught that both intelligence and character are malleable. They also learn to construct
       lessons that incorporate both academic and character objectives while also receiving guidance on
       how best to serve as role models for their students.

    10. Close the achievement gap. RSE enrolled teachers who complete the program, having learned all
        of the modeled and instructed techniques, are expected to demonstrate that their students have made
        at least a year’s worth of academic growth in a year’s time. Teachers who successfully complete the
        Alternate Certification program and demonstrate proficiency in concrete techniques and strategies
        and who generate student achievement gains in their classrooms will then be eligible to earn their
        master’s degree after a second year of committed effort. Consequently, everyone will know – current
        and future employers, as well as the teachers themselves – that RSE certification counts for
        something fundamental and critical: teachers’ ability to lead their students to meaningful student
        achievement gains.




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                                                                     CURRICULAR OVERVIEW

In the summer of 2011, RSE will launch its second program, RSE Newark. RSE Newark will provide a one-
year, 200-hour Alternate Certification program for an inaugural class of public school teachers. RSE Newark
will offer a ground-breaking teacher training program that is performance-based, rigorous, and emphasizes
the practical, not just the theoretical, elements of teaching. Enrolled teachers will need to demonstrate skilled
performance that leads to student achievement, not just fulfill seat time requirements as in the traditional,
course-based paradigm of many schools of education. In addition, RSE will offer a 90-hour program that
satisfies the state’s Literacy and Math requirements. Teachers who successfully complete the Alternate
Certification program and demonstrate proficiency in concrete techniques and strategies and who generate
student achievement gains in their classrooms will then be eligible to earn their master’s degree after a second
year of committed effort.

The first summer of the program is the initial 80 hours of the 200-hour program. During the school year,
teachers will participate in 60 hours of instruction on two weeknights a month and one Saturday a month
during the fall (September-December). During the spring (January-May), teachers will take an additional 60
hours of formal instruction. Teachers participating in the 90-hour Literacy and Math program will complete
those requirements in the second summer.

Each course will be built around Relay’s “Curriculum Elements.” The Curriculum Elements are listed below:

    Student Growth and Achievement
    Teaching Cycle
    Classroom Culture
    Content
    Self & Other People

For the 200-hour component, each In-Service session features intensive and rigorous content instruction in
each of the major subject areas according to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS).
The In-Service class sessions for enrolled teachers will be divided between general pedagogy courses around
the framework topics listed above and content-specific instruction. In addition to this instruction, teachers
participating in the 90-hour Literacy and Math program in the second summer will receive additional targeted
instruction in these content areas.

Together, the Pre-Service and In-Service components of the RSE Alternate Route to Certification Program
represent 200 hours of formal instruction that is closely tailored to the New Jersey Professional Standards for
Teaching and Learning.




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                                                                    PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
THE COHORT: The RSE Newark cohort will consist of teachers serving in public schools in the Greater
Newark region. RSE is particularly designed for novice teachers (with 0-2 years of experience) who
expect to be teaching in elementary and middle schools in the coming two years, but is open to
other teachers who want to become certified and strengthen their practice.

SCHEDULE: RSE offers a part-time, 200-hour Alternate Certification program. The incoming cohort begins
coursework in the summer of 2011 and is scheduled to conclude the program in the summer of 2012. The
curriculum is delivered through in-person and online formats. In-person sessions are held two weeknights
and one Saturday each month during the academic year, as well as in a two-week session during the first
summer and a one-week session during the second summer.

ELIGIBILITY: To enroll in RSE, enrolled teachers must meet the following criteria:
         Successfully complete RSE Newark assignments and assessments; and
         Maintain employment at the district or charter school in which the teacher is employed at the
         commencement of 2011-2012 school year (September 2011). If a teacher fails to maintain
         employment at such school, the teacher must seek employment in a similar teaching capacity in a
         New Jersey school.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY: The RSE program focuses on giving all teachers targeted instruction in general
pedagogy. More specifically, the program works with elementary school and middle school teachers across
the four content areas (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). High school teachers who teach one or
more of the four content areas may also find the program relevant to their own instruction.

INSTRUCTORS: The program will be primarily taught by RSE’s Managing Director of Teaching and Learning
in Newark, James Verrilli, Co-Founder of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark and current
principal of its Downtown Middle School. Mr. Verrilli has been a history teacher and principal to Newark
students for twenty-five years.

Joining Mr. Verrilli will be a team of adjunct faculty members who are themselves also teachers in Newark
public schools. This adjunct faculty has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the teaching profession.

CERTIFICATION: By entering the program, RSE teachers are given a provisional certificate to teach in New
Jersey public schools. Teachers who successfully complete the 200-hour program, and the 90-hour program,
if applicable, will receive a standard certificate to teach in New Jersey public schools. Teachers who
successfully complete the first year of the program will be eligible to transfer credits to the RSE NY master’s
degree program, and can pursue a MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree at the New York campus. The
hope is that this master’s program will also be available in New Jersey by the fall of 2012.

LOCATION: In the program’s first year, RSE Newark courses will be held primarily at public schools in
Newark.




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                                                                        ACADEMIC CALENDAR
RSE Newark understands the demanding schedule of new teachers and has designed an academic calendar
that is conducive to their busy schedules. In particular, a significant portion of the program’s content is
delivered through online modules, thereby providing graduate students flexibility to pursue some of their
learning at times most convenient to them. These online modules involve previewing material through
videos and readings, direct instruction, and some initial exercises. The in-person sessions often leverage these
online modules and take place on two weekday afternoons or evenings per month at a convenient school
location. Once a month, on Saturday mornings, teachers gather by subject and grade level for sessions
focused on teaching their specific subject or grade level content. Additionally, teachers attend about ten days
of class during each of the summer terms (in addition to summer online modules).

The estimated instructional time allocation, by RSE Newark’s term of study, is detailed below.


       Summer 1 (August 2011)                                Year 1 (September 2011 – June 2012)
       -First 80 hours of the 200 hour program.              -120 hours of the 200 hour program.
       (Combination of online and in-person course           (Combination of online and in-person course
       work.)                                                work.)

       Summer 2 (July 2012 – August 2012)
       -90 hour Literacy and Math program
       (Combination of online and in-person course
       work.)




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                                                                       PROGRAM COST
                         2011-2012 RSE NEWARK PROJECTED PROGRAM FEES

            200-Hour Program
                 Summer 2011                                                $450

                 Fall 2011                                                  $500

                 Spring 2012                                                $500

                 Course Materials (e.g. Course packets, Flip camera,        $250
                 tripod, etc.)
            TOTAL                                                          $1,700



            90-Hour Program
                 45-Hour Literacy Program                                   $325

                 45-Hour Math Program                                       $325

            TOTAL                                                           $650




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                                                                                         JOINING RSE
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To join RSE, teachers must meet the following criteria:

         Successfully complete RSE Newark assignments and assessments; and
         Maintain employment at the district or charter school in which the teacher is employed at the
         commencement of the fall 2011 semester. If a teacher fails to maintain employment at such school,
         the teacher must seek employment in a similar teaching capacity in a New Jersey school.


JOINING IN THE PROGRAM
To enroll at RSE, Teach for America corps members must notify Teach for America of their intention to join
RSE by June 3, 2011.

For all other interested teachers, please reach out to RSE Newark for more information at
Newark@relayschool.org.


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Relay School of Education admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies,
admissions policies, scholarship and loan program, and other school-administered programs.




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                                                                CONTACT INFORMATION
Thank you for your interest in Relay School of Education! If you have any questions, please contact the RSE
Newark office at: Newark@relayschool.org.




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