Teacher's for Tomorrow Application 2020-2021

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    Dear Christian School Administrator,

    In recent years I have noticed a decrease in the number of high school students who seem to show interest in preparing for a profession in teaching. This drop in interest isn’t only at Bob Jones University but at institutions across the nation. Recent statistics from the Federal Department of Education have indicated that there has been over a 31% drop in enrollment in teacher preparation programs since 2010. According to a recent article in the Charleston Post & Courier, one of the primary reasons for this decline is that there are not enough young people “who view teaching as a desirable career path.” The Education Advisory Board has indicated that some of the top programs at colleges today that are attracting students today are Health, Life Sciences and Engineering but with Teacher preparation programs, unfortunately, near the bottom of their list.

    As I hear about the increased demand for quality teacher education graduates from Christian School administrators for their schools, I have been burdened on how to rekindle an interest in the hearts of high school students to consider a profession in teaching. Understanding that the teaching profession not only plays a primary role in preparing K-12 students but every other profession known to mankind, the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University is excited to offer an initiative called Teachers for Tomorrow. The purpose of the program is help encourage high school students to prayerfully consider teaching as a calling and to encourage them to take steps for their preparation to be the next generation of teachers.

    This fall, the Division of Teacher Education will continue to offer this program to Christian schools worldwide in an effort to motivate high school juniors and seniors to consider a career in teaching by hearing from dedicated Christian school teachers who will share their passion for teaching as well as provide an exposure to various elements of the field of education. The Teachers for Tomorrow program is a partnership between the Division of Teacher Education and the Christian School where students can earn elective high school credit as well as optional dual credit for Ed 100 Introduction to Education from Bob Jones University.

    I would like your Christian School to consider partnering with us in this exciting new program next fall. On this page you will find further information about the structure of this new initiative and the requirements for participation. I would encourage you to review this information and then complete the request for further information at the bottom of the page.

    If you have additional questions, please e-mail me at education@bju.edu. I hope to partner with you in the inaugural year of Teachers for Tomorrow program!

    Sincerely,

    Brian Carruthers
    Dean, School of Education
    Teachers for Tomorrow - FAQ
    1. What is the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    The Teachers for Tomorrow program is a partnership between the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University and partner Christian Schools.  The purpose of the program is to encourage junior and senior high school students to learn more about the teaching profession and to encourage them to prayerfully consider a future career in the classroom.
     
    1. How many Christian Schools will be offering this program next fall?

    This fall the Teachers for Tomorrow program will be available to Christian schools around the world.   
     
    1. Who are the key people in the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    University Coordinator – this is the person who will manage the Teachers for Tomorrow program at Bob Jones University.  This person will coordinate the curriculum each week using the University’s learning management system.  This person will also be responsible for grading all student submissions and calculating student grades for the program.

    Christian School Mentor Teacher – this is the person who will be coordinating the Teachers for Tomorrow program at the Christian School and be the liaison with the University coordinator.  They will meet with students each week to answer any questions and to make sure everyone is keeping current with their assignments.  The Mentor Teacher will make all field experience assignments for students at their Christian school.

    Christian School Classroom Teacher – these are teachers in your Christian school who are willing to host a Teachers for Tomorrow student in their classroom to gain “hands-on” experience.
     
    1. How does the program work?

    The Teachers for Tomorrow program is in two components: an online curriculum provided by the Division of Teacher Education at Bob Jones University and a field experience component provided by the student’s Christian school.  Over the course of a school year, the student will complete 28 weeks of study as well as spend 2 – 4 hours a week with an assigned classroom teacher at his/her Christian school.
     
    1. What does a typical week of work look like in the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    Each week the student will be introduced to a different Christian School teacher who will be presenting the content.  The student will listen to a 30-40 minute presentation on a particular topic and then complete a 10 question quiz and some type of application assignment.  The student will also participate in a discussion on the topic with students from other Christian schools that are enrolled in the class.  Finally, the student will submit a weekly reflection report of his/her experiences in their assigned classroom. From time to time there will be special projects included in the program.
     
    1. Will students receive high school credit for being a part of the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    Each Christian school will determine the amount of elective high school credit that will be awarded for participation in the Teachers for Tomorrow program.
     
    1. How can a student receive optional college credit for being enrolled in the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    Students involved in the Teachers for Tomorrow may register for optional dual credit.  Registration materials will be provided during the second semester of the program.  Students who successfully complete the Teachers for Tomorrow program are eligible to receive credit for Ed 100 Introduction to Education from Bob Jones University.
     
    1. Who will be presenting the content in the Teachers for Tomorrow curriculum?

    The presenters in the Teachers for Tomorrow program will be individuals who have been or are currently involved in Christian Education.  These will include teachers from Christian Schools across the country, members of the Division of Teacher Education faculty and employees of BJU Press.
     
    1. What are the weekly topics that will be covered in the Teachers for Tomorrow curriculum?

    Each week students will listen to a different topic regarding teaching.  A complete list of the topics is included at end of the FAQ section.
     
    1. How does the field experience component of the Teachers for Tomorrow program work?

    Each student will be assigned to a classroom teacher at his/her Christian school as a teacher’s aide.  The student should plan to work with his/her teacher’s aide for 2 – 4 hours each week of the program.  The student may request to have multiple assignments throughout the school year in order to get experience with different grade levels and subject areas.  The field experience at the individual Christian school will be assigned by the Teacher for Tomorrow’s program Mentor Teacher.
     
    1. How can a Christian school sign up for the Teachers for Tomorrow program?

    Christian school administrators who are interested in being involved in the Teachers for Tomorrow program should complete the request for more information at the bottom of this page.
     
    Weekly Topics
    First Semester
     
    WeekLesson
     Introductory Lesson – Mentor Teachers
     Introductory Lesson – Students
    1Why be a Teacher?
    2Historical Foundations
    3Characteristics of a Great Teacher
    4Classroom Organization
    5Classroom Environment
    6Classroom Management
    7What is Curriculum?
    8Biblical Worldview
    9Technology Integration
    10Using Mobile Technology (Apps)
    11Understanding Student Diversity
    12Students with Special Needs
     Thanksgiving Break
    13Parent Communication
    14Teacher/Student Relationships

    Second Semester
    WeekLesson
    1Instructional Strategies
    2Techniques for Review
    3Assessment
    4Planning a Lesson
    5Preparing to Teach a Lesson
    6Reflecting on your Lesson
    7Individualized instruction
    8Teaching Literacy
    9Teaching Critical Thinking
    10Using Games in Teaching
     Spring Break
    1121st Century Skills
    12Related Arts
    13A Teacher’s Professional Development
    14Challenges for Teaching Today

     

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    If you are interested in participating in the Teachers for Tomorrow program at your school next fall, please submit the following form.

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