Two teaching scholars have been selected to teach in Johnston County Public Schools as part of a pilot program with N.C. State College of Education and The Innovation Project (TIP).
The Innovation Project Teaching Scholars Award is a pilot program designed to create a pipeline of teachers for rural and semi-rural districts in North Carolina.
“We are excited about the opportunity to welcome these talented N.C. State students into our districts. It is the beginning of developing a cohort experience for them that will enhance their careers,” shares Ann McColl, CEO of The Innovation Project. “It is also part of a growing partnership with the N.C. State College of Education that will allow us to creatively address the roles of educators in our communities.”
Sarah Bowman and Madison Miller of the N.C. State’s College of Education will complete their student teaching and two years of teaching in Johnston County Public Schools in exchange for a $10,000 financial award and additional enrichment opportunities.
During the summer, Bowman and Miller will have the opportunity to participate in a summer immersion experience to strengthen their relationship with the district. Immersion experiences differ based upon each scholar’s certification area and range from two-day professional development workshops to 10 week N.C. Rural Works program experiences. In the coming academic year, the two will teach and take part in TIP-sponsored cohort support experiences.
Additionally, Bowman and Miller will participate in N.C. State’s Beginning Teacher Institute prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Throughout their first two years of teaching, they will continue to receive mentoring from experienced teachers in their assigned school and support from their Scholar cohort sponsored by TIP.
Johnston County is one of five districts involved in the program. Other districts include Cabarrus, Lenoir, Onslow, and Wayne.