The Curry School of Education sponsors a program for young scholars, offering fun, but academically advanced courses in a range of topics. The program serves elementary school children who are identified by their teachers as gifted, or highly-able. Courses are offered on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings in January and February – between the first day of spring semester and spring break.
We are seeking UVa graduate students who are pursuing PhD’s or Master’s Degrees in any specialty. No previous experience teaching children is required – just a desire to share your knowledge with a group of young, intensely curious people. If you enjoy interacting with young people, this is a very fun activity. We provide training and as much support as you want or need in preparing the 10 hour curriculum you will teach. We provide all supplies that you may need. We also pair you with at least one Teaching Assistant to help you manage the classroom. These Teaching Assistants are Curry undergraduates who are training to be school teachers. They are enormously helpful and they benefit from learning about your specialty as they move into their teaching careers. Classes are taught in the Curry buildings – Ruffner Hall and the Dells. Class size is 16.
The main motivation that has brought other grad students to this experience is outreach – a chance to introduce a young person to the wonders of your field of expertise. However, we also pay teachers and teaching assistants for their time and effort. Teachers will earn $900 for the 5 Saturdays.
Please consider clicking here to fill out the online application and joining the Saturday Enrichment Program in our effort to inspire the young people in our community. Applications are due Wednesday, September 20. Paper applications are available and have details about the activity that will help you decide if this might be a good choice for you. This is a well-respected and very popular program, now in its 40th year! We would be thrilled to have you join us this year. If you have any questions or need a paper application, please contact Julie Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org .