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PUC Schools was founded on the belief that superior schools build superior communities. PUC commitment #3 states that students will commit to uplift our communities now and forever. The ultimate vision for our organization is that it will one day be run by the students and families whom we serve. One way we will accomplish this goal is to have our alumni and community members come back to teach in our schools. With this focus in mind, PUC has developed the Alumni Teach Project (ATP), a culturally responsive Urban Teacher Residency Program that is designed to cultivate and foster leadership skills in new PUC alumni and PUC community educators in order to increase equitable access to highly effective teachers and improve outcomes for all current PUC students. At the center of this vision is the desire to build a deep educational and cultural knowledge base in our teacher residents so they can advocate for social justice effectively and stimulate community transformation.

Latest News

PUC Alumni Teach Project (ATP) recently joined the Next Generation Network of the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR).

NCTR is a non-profit organization that supports the design, growth, and sustainability of urban teacher residencies across the country. The ATP is honored and humbled to be working with strong advocates for quality teacher education in an effort to improve our program and continue to produce alumni change agents who will uplift our communities!

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Alumni Teach Project Program Elements

  • Year-long residency immersed in the PUC culture (part of school staff)
  • Work 1:1 with experienced mentor teacher for entire school year
  • Weekly seminars with cohort to help bridge theory and practice
  • Alignment to university credential program and Master’s degree (2 years)
  • Financial support and planning (tuition reimbursement, stipend, etc.)
  • Teacher on Record after one year-hiring priority at PUC Schools

Alumni Teach Project Year by Year

Year 1: Residency Year

Residents have the opportunity to work in three learning environments including:

  • The opportunity to work alongside an PUC Mentor Teacher, four days per week, preparing to gradually take over the classroom teaching
  • A weekly all-day seminar with their resident Cohort, discussing the coursework theories and classroom practices at PUC
  • Education courses through Loyola Marymount University during the summers and school year
  • At the successful completion of Year 1, Residents will obtain their intern credential and become a teacher on record in their own classroom
Years 2: Teacher on Record and Preliminary Credential
  • Residents work in their own classrooms at PUC
  • Residents receive one-on-one support from an Instructional Coach
  • Residents complete final coursework requirements for preliminary credential and/or Master’s degree
Year 3 & 4: Induction
  • Residents continue teaching in their own classrooms
  • Residents complete 2 year PUC Induction Program to clear their teaching credential, will be paired up with a support provider for each year in the program
Year 5: Teacher Leadership
  • Residents continue teaching in their own classrooms
  • Residents may pursue other career avenues within PUC Schools (i.e. Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, Administrator)

Click here to view our Alumni Teach Project Dissemination Resources page.

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