Urban Student Teaching

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50% of new teachers leave the education profession within just five years from their first day of teaching. This percentage increases dramatically when the data is focused on new teachers in high needs schools and urban districts. Young teachers with passion for social justice and a repertoire of new ideas are leaving the schools and students that need them the most. Many of these young teachers are simply not prepared to handle the challenges of an urban school or aware of the diverse communities in which students live.

    During an urban student teaching experience with UNITE, student teachers will live in an urban community and teach in a school within or near the same urban community. UNITE believes that one crucial step to becoming an effective urban educator is to understand the relationship between the community, the families, the school and the students. Student teachers are immersed into a new culture and are able to productively use the assets of their new community to build stronger relationships with their students, while being supported by UNITE teachers and staff.

College Students

UNITE currently offers the Urban Student Teaching program in Chicago, Illinois. If you are interested in student teaching in Chicago and participating in our unique Urban Student Teaching program, please contact UNITE at unite@urbanneeds.org. We will work with your college or university to make your student teaching experience supportive and meaningful.

Colleges and Universities

If you are a college or university and are interested in establishing a urban student teaching program in partnership with UNITE, please contact us at unite@urbanneeds.org. UNITE will work with the faculty and staff of your university to strategically select a urban community and schools to meet the needs and objectives of your program.

“This program helped me learn about my students’ community in a ways I would have never even thought. I now know how to bring community issues into my daily classroom lessons, which goes a long way with my students!”

--Lucas Woolums, Indiana University 2011, previous Urban Student Teaching participant, current teacher in Chicago Public Schools

Over the past four years, over 200 student teachers from five different universities have participated in aspects of UNITE’s Urban Student Teaching Program!

UNITE offers a fully supportive student teaching experience in comparison to traditional student teaching programs.

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