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MATCH Charter Public High School Teacher Residency Program

August 01, 2012

The MATCH Corps is a one-year Urban Education fellowship program. It is possibly the most competitive such program in the nation, more competitive than admission to the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Teach for America.

Elite recent college graduates from excellent universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They are assigned 6-7 MATCH students at the beginning of the year, with whom they work in small group or 1-on-1 tutorials over the course each day, doing close academic support and building relationships. They receive housing and a modest living stipend. After that, some go into teaching; some to med school and law school; and others get involved in public policy.

Participating in the Program:  Training lasts 12 months (August through July). Most graduates will go on to become English or math teachers in “No Excuses”-style urban Charter Public Schools (though we hope some go, in teams, to reform-minded principals in traditional high-poverty public schools). Upon graduation, residents commit to two years of full-time teaching in an urban public school.

The program aims to provide would-be teachers with the skills they need to address a variety of possibilities. Trainees are exposed to the proven methods and experiences of past graduates in order to meet the high level of MATCH.

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