Frequently Asked Questions
What teaching positions are available?
This summer we are hiring PhD students to design and teach courses as well as Learning Specialists to support our teachers at each program this summer. For more information about these positions and our application, please see Teach With Us.
What are the deadlines for the Application?
November 1, 2020: Teacher Application Opens
Feb. 1, 2020: Application Due
Nov.-Feb.: Rolling Basis: Candidates invited to submit course proposals.
Feb. 22, 2020: Course Proposals Due
Feb.-March 2020: Candidate Interviews
April 1, 2020: Notification of acceptance & Find out where you're teaching!
What are the dates for the summer program?
May 27 - May 29: Orientation Conference in Jackson, MS
May 30: Partner Program Orientation
June 1 - July 3: Teaching Program
Teaching in Our Program
How many classes will I teach? For how many hours per week?
Each teacher is responsible for developing and teaching one two-hour class per day. One of the ways that we build in extra support for our students is to have a second teacher assisting the lead teacher during the class. So our teachers work across disciplines in pairs with the same group of students, one as the lead teacher and the other as a supporting teacher.
The exact schedule will depend on our partner programs. For example, you might teach one class from 9am-11am and then be the support teacher for the same students from 12pm-2pm. The total teaching time for each day is 4 hours with a break between the two classes. Our classes run 5 days a week for 4 consecutive weeks.
How many students will I have? What age?
Because we value classroom discussion, our classes are small—no more than 12, usually between 8 and 12. Our students are entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Will there be additional training for teaching these courses?
Yes, there will be pre-readings and pre-work during the spring and then there will be training at our Orientation Conference in Jackson, MS. It will include: legal/professional responsibilities; curriculum development; engagement strategies; planning for literacy & quantitative reasoning gaps; discussion-leading strategies; diversity, racial identity development, and inclusiveness conversations; and ACT-specific training. Beyond that, there is ongoing observation, feedback, and coaching throughout the summer.
How does Freedom Summer Collegiate and its partner programs assess Student LEARNING?
We assess learning in a number of ways including tracking pre- and post-ACT testing, evaluating students' learning specific to courses using qualitatively-evaluated final projects that our teachers design, and long-term contact through surveys and personal relationships. We work with our teachers to ensure that final projects demonstrate students achieving the high expectations for which we and our partner programs strive.
Will students receive credit for these courses?
Our students receive college credit for our courses through a partnership with Millsaps College. These are enrichment hours and do not count to redeem high school credit hours. We will work with you and our university partners to ensure that your syllabus meets their requirements for college credit.
Do Students receive Grades for their Work?
We use an internal grading rubric for consistency across our program sites in which students receive letter grades. Students receiving a B- or higher who meet other requirements receive college credit for our courses.
I'm an international graduate student. Can I still teach?
Yes. If you have an exciting course, we'd love to have you teach regardless of where you're from or your student status. There are, however, some restrictions imposed by the federal government on certain graduate student visas. We're happy to talk through these issues and try to find a way for you to participate. Please be in touch if you're interested so that we can discuss.
Living and Working
How much will I earn?
You will receive a $2,500 stipend for your work this summer. The stipend is expected to cover transportation costs to Mississippi and living expenses. Freedom Summer Collegiate will cover the cost of housing during your time this summer. We also work with universities and academic programs to cover this funding for some of our teachers.
Does Freedom Summer Collegiate provide housing?
Once you've been assigned to one of our partner sties, we work with them to secure accommodations that we pay for. Depending on where they work, some of our teachers stay in apartment buildings and other share rooms in houses. Freedom Summer Collegiate will pay the cost of housing. We'll also send a survey about housing needs and do our best to find housing that meets those needs.
DO I NEED A CAR?
If you have a car, we encourage that you bring it with you this summer. It will be the best way of getting to and from work, as well as traveling where you want on weekends. If you do not have a car, staff at our programs can ensure that you get to and from work each day, but you'll be dependent on others for social outings.
What are the communities like where I'll teach?
Check out our individual site pages for more information about each of our partner programs: the Rosedale Freedom Project, the Sunflower County Freedom Project, the J. Austin White Cultural Center, and the Meridian Freedom Project. The first three sites are in the Mississippi River Delta, two in Mississippi and the third in Arkansas. The fourth is more urban in the small city of Meridian, Mississippi. All of our sites are in economically distressed areas. Our partner sites are incredible places where students learn and our students are among the hardest-working teenagers you'll ever meet. We know you'll fall in love with the place and the people.
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