Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006

CONTACT: John Schuster
Miami-Dade County Public Schools


MIAMI– The innovative program that takes people out of the workplace and into the classroom is looking for more trailblazing professionals.

Miami Teaching Fellows, a highly selective alternate route to teaching, is specifically designed to increase the academic achievement of students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The program, now in its second year, calls on recent college graduates as well as outstanding candidates from the workplace to apply to join the new teaching group.

Fellows include a former engineer, a Miami-Dade County police officer, a social worker and a management consultant. More than one-third of the first group of Fellows currently teaching has advanced graduate degrees. They hail from our multicultural community with 69 percent of them from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Fellows are committed to teaching where they are needed most. They all teach in high-need subject areas such as math, science and Exceptional Student Education.

Miami Teaching Fellows is facilitated by The New Teacher Project, a non-profit consulting firm that works with school districts, universities, states and other educational entities across the nation to enhance their capacity to recruit, select, train and support outstanding new teachers.

Applications for the second group of Fellows are currently being accepted online. Fellows will undergo intensive summer training and begin teaching full-time in fall 2007. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite to apply to the program and no previous education coursework is required.   

The application deadline is March 6. For additional information, contact Christina Counselman at 305-995-2762 or visit

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