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2018 North Country Scholars
Films and pictures from the 2018 North Country Student Film Festival at the Rialto Theatre in Lancaster, NH here.
Learn more about the guidelines and festival history.
Teacher Residency for Rural Educators
Teaching residents from UNH’s TRRE program recently gathered at NCES with partners from community agencies throughout the North Country to celebrate a summer of learning and service. As part of their 15 – month UNH M.Ed. program, these pre-service STEM teachers broke through classroom walls to build relationships within the communities where they will be learning to teach. In the process, they learned about the abundance of resources available for educators in the North Country.
“Along with getting to know people, our residents were delighted to learn of so many community education efforts that parallel the work going on in schools,” states Dan Lord, who directs Community Engagement for the TRRE program.
Community engagement is one of the three tenets guiding UNH’s TRRE program, which prepares people with strong math or science backgrounds to become elementary or secondary STEM teachers committed to living and working in high-needs rural schools. Residents begin the program with summer internships in the community where they will learn to teach. When school begins, residents partner with a mentor teacher in the classroom while working closely with clinical faculty from UNH. NCES collaborates with UNH to offer space and support for M.Ed. coursework and symposia.
The TRRE program is funded in part by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership program. The program is funded in part by a five-year grant from the US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership program. Residents earn a graduate degree while working toward teaching certification. They benefit from a living stipend and a significant tuition discount; in return, they commit to teaching in a high-need rural school for three years. UNH continues to support residents by helping with job placement and early-teacher induction for the first two years.
As Director of Pedagogy and Clinical Experience, Dr. Tom Schram lives in the North Country during the week to provide intensive support for the Residents, their Teacher Mentors, and their hosting schools. “We want everyone to benefit from this opportunity,” states Dr. Schram. “Our program rests on three pillars: a thorough clinical experience with robust content and pedagogical instruction embedded in the community. We expect our residents to become committed North Country teachers who harness the strength of their communities through links to in-school instruction.”
People with a strong background in science or math seeking teacher certification are encouraged to apply to the program. Information is available at http://cola.unh.edu/education/program/trre