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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) Fellowship

Fellowships to Arkansas Teachers and Recent Graduates
to Work in Economically Disadvantaged Schools

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Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19

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Fellowships of up to $15,000, in addition to teaching salaries, to Arkansas recent graduates, soon-to-be-graduated students, and licensed teachers to serve as teachers in high-need districts of the eastern and southern regions of the State. Fellowships will serve in grades K-12, with the highest preference for middle school, junior high, and high school positions. Fellows are committed to teaching all three years of the Fellowship in the district in which they are placed.

ATC is looking for talented, high-achieving individuals who demonstrate a commitment to its core values:
- Desire justice for historically underserved and marginalized students in economically disadvantaged areas;
- Honor community through service projects and leadership opportunities;
- Model growth and reflection through continual learning with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any field;
- Exemplify academic excellence in their work with a minimum 2.75 GPA, 21 ACT, and/or 1510 SAT.

The Arkansas Teacher Corps recruits, trains, and supports exceptional, social justice-oriented individuals to serve as teachers for Arkansas students who need them the most. Goals of the program include:

Decrease Uncertified Teachers and Vacancies: Currently, many school districts in Arkansas are in need of quality teachers to fill vacancies in their schools. Fellows will be placed in these geographic and content areas to respond to these vacancies. These teachers will fill those positions for three years. Moreover, because each ATC Fellow is to be fully certified at the end of three years, the ATC program aims to also help to fill these positions long-term by providing new, high-quality, certified teachers into the Arkansas teaching workforce.

Increase Student Achievement: The program is designed to take exceptional, motivated college graduates and help them to become great teachers. Studies have shown that strong teachers can make significant learning gains with all of their students, regardless of their students’ previous levels of achievement (Hanushek, Kain, Rivkin, 2005). The training program provides ATC Fellows the necessary tools to be effective teachers; various analyses of ATC teachers have shown them to be as effective or more effective than their school and/or district peers.

Fellows are required to attend the 7-week Summer Institute (tentatively scheduled to begin late May/Early June in 2019) and begin teaching in the Fall of 2019. Fellows also commit to attend a series Saturday PD events throughout the year (three each semester – usually in August, September, November, January, February, and April). Fellows teach in school districts for 3 years under normal teacher contracts as they become provisionally licensed to teach in Arkansas through ATC. After they complete their 3-year commitment and meet all licensure requirements, graduating Fellows will receive a standard 5-year teaching license.

The Arkansas Department of Education’s office for Teacher Recruitment and Retention offers bonus stipends for people that teach critical-needs subjects in smaller, high-need school districts. All ATC teachers are candidates for this additional funding if they fill the subject and geographic area requirements.

Priorities for Content Area, Grade Level, and Placement

ATC prioritizes the following teaching placements in accordance with the critical shortage areas identified by the Arkansas Department of Education:

All Grades (K-12):
-Art
-French
-Music
-Spanish

Intermediate (Grades 4-8):
-English/Language Arts
-Math
-Science
-Social Studies

Secondary (Grades 7-12):
-Chemistry
-English
-Family/Consumer Science
-Journalism
-Mathematics
-Physics
-Social Studies

Placement Location:
-Northeast (ex: Blytheville, Osceola, West Memphis)
-Central-east (ex: Forrest City, Helena, Marianna)
-Southeast (ex: Dumas, Pine Bluff, Lake Village)
*Note: Central (Little Rock) placements are very rare.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177153

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ATC Fellows are paid in two ways:

1. They are paid teaching salaries by their districts (as they are provisionally licensed teachers of record). In Arkansas schools teaching salaries differ by district. Generally Fellows salaries range between the state minimum of $30,122.00 and $36,832.00 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.
- Individuals that hold a master’s degree or a doctoral degree are paid more.

2. ATC supplements each Fellow’s teaching salary with stipend payments totalling $15,000.00 over the course of the three years. The following table shows the stipend schedule for 2019 Fellows:
Payment 1 June before Year 1 - $3,000.00
Payment 2 September of Year 2 - $3,500.00
Payment 3 September of Year 3 - $4,000.00
Payment 4 June of Year 3 - $4,500.00

The Arkansas Department of Education’s office for Teacher Recruitment and Retention offers bonus stipends for people that teach critical-needs subjects in smaller, high-need school districts. All ATC teachers are candidates for this additional funding if they fill the subject and geographic area requirements.

Term of Contract:

Regardless of which application period you apply in (Expedited Deadline: October 30th, Early Deadline: January 3rd, and Regular Deadline: March 5th), you will begin Summer Institute at the same time as the other ATC Fellows of that cohort year (Late May, Early June of that application year). You will also begin teaching at the same time (July, August of that application year).

The stipend will be paid over 3 years. Fellows teach in school districts for 3 years, beginning in the Fall.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any individual with a bachelor’s degree (or graduating with a bachelor’s degree by June of the application year) who can legally work in Arkansas is eligible to apply to become an ATC Fellow.

As long as you are expected to receive your degree before June 2019, you are welcome (and encouraged) to apply at any time throughout your senior year.

Licensed teachers are welcome to apply. All requirements and benefits for such Fellows will be the same as those of non-licensed Fellows.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher is highly recommended; however, an exception is possible if the applicant has a GPA of at least 2.9 on their last 60 hours of coursework.

It is possible for international applicants to have a school district sponsor their visa, but this program is not set up to completely coordinate this process. Applicants will need proper work eligibility to be accepted into the program and must be willing to take care of all work eligibility or visa paperwork required by their school districts.

ATC currently partners with over 30 schools across roughly 20 high-needs districts in the eastern and southern parts of Arkansas. Fellows are committed to teaching all three years of the Fellowship in the district in which they are placed.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are welcome to apply to one of three application deadlines per year (Expedited: November 1st, Early: January 1st, and Regular: March 1st). Applications are submitted online.

If you apply for the Expedited (by 11/1) application cycle you should know of your Fellowship offer status before the Christmas Holiday.

If you apply for the Early (by 1/1) application cycle you should know of your Fellowship offer status before February 1st.

If you apply for the Regular (by 3/1) application cycle you should know of your Fellowship offer status before April 1st.

Regardless of which application period you apply in (Expedited Deadline, Early Deadline, and Regular Deadline), you will begin Summer Institute at the same time as the other ATC Fellows of that cohort year (Late May, Early June of that application year). You will also begin teaching at the same time (July, August of that application year).

In order to teach any subject in Arkansas individuals must complete both Praxis 1 and Praxis 2 testing. Please visit the ETS website to learn more about Praxis testing requirements in Arkansas: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ar/requirements

Application process:
1. Apply online
2. Interview - After applications are submitted, ATC staff review the applications and respond in one of three ways:
- Applicant is invited to a final in-person interview, known as an Interactive Selection Event (ISE), which generally takes place within two-three weeks after the application deadline; or
- Applicant is invited to participate in a phone interview after which the applicant could be invited to the final interview; or
- Applicant is not offered Fellowship with ATC
3. Accept/decline Fellowship

FAQs:
https://www.arkansasteachercorps.org/join/faqs/

See more information about placements on the website here: https://www.arkansasteachercorps.org/partnerships/where-we-serve/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b11IcYTb8vopJI1

Feel free to contact the ATC by phone (479-575-6418) or email atc@uark.edu with any additional questions.

Brandon Lucius, Executive Director

Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC)
216 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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