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About Our Program

At Summit we know that every student has different passions, growth areas, learning needs, and goals for the future. The Summit Learning Teacher Residency prepares you to teach using a personalized approach to learning with the goal of equipping every student to live a fulfilled life of well-being.

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency is a one-year program during which you are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. The residency program is operated in partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education and the University of the Pacific.  You’ll be engaging students in deeper learning projects, empowering them as self-directed learners, helping students develop the habits and skills that lead to success, and nurturing them to build a strong sense of community. 

Your learning experiences and coursework mirror Summit’s personalized learning approach for students; you’ll engage in a project-based curriculum that is competency-based, self-directed, and student-centered. Over the course of the year, you will gradually increase your level of responsibility in the classroom from observation to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.

The residency program was designed in collaboration with Understanding Language - Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (UL-SCALE). In the future, we plan to expand the residency program to schools across the nation to support a diverse pipeline of excellent, well-prepared personalized learning teachers.


Program Benefits

As a Summit Learning teacher resident, you’ll participate in a credentialing program that is embedded in a school site, creating a deep integration and alignment between your experience in the credentialing program and your experience in the classroom as a practicing teacher candidate.

During the program, residents:

  • Develop the skills, habits, and tools needed to personalize learning for every student and to build effective relationships,
  • Receive a student teaching placement that is deeply integrated in a Summit school site in California for four full days each week for the length of the academic year,
  • Engage in consistent, individualized coaching and support from an experienced Summit teacher and a program faculty member,
  • Are empowered as self-directed adult learners with a personalized trajectory and timeline through the program, and
  • Are active and important members of a professional learning community, working with the teachers, administrators, mentors, students and families to implement, reflect upon and continuously improve upon personalized learning goals of the school community.

Upon successful completion of the program, residents earn a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Spanish and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Residents in the Special Education program earn a California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential and a Master’s of Arts in Special Education. Residents also receive priority in Summit’s hiring process.


In the News

There’s a teaching method tech billionaires love - here’s how teachers are learning it
September 1, 2017 - Business Insider

Charter school prepares teachers to personalize learning for every student
October 26, 2017 - EdSource

Summit charter schools launch nation’s first teacher residency program for personalized learning
August 7, 2017 - LA School Report

Nation’s first personalized education residency launches in the Bay Area
August 4, 2017 - San Jose Mercury News

Teaching With Tech Is Hard.  Two New Efforts Aim To Help.
August 2, 2017 - Education Week

Will a one-year residency better prepare aspiring educators for a new style of teaching?
August 2, 2017 - The Hechinger Report

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