How do you attract and keep master teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools when the corporate world can offer bigger salaries and better educational opportunities?
Loyola College, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan division of Catholic Schools, has come up with a solution -- Catholic Schools Fellowship Program -- that will help solve the problem for area Catholic schools and provide a model that other private and public schools can adopt. Although the program is designed to attract qualified people into Catholic schools and give them the necessary training, according to Loyola Education Department Chairman Dr. William Amoriell, it can be modified and tailored to meet the needs of other school systems.
The graduate level program is comprised of three components: the first involves 40 credits of graduate level academic study. The second involves an internship during which the fellows are placed within targeted schools and gain experience as teachers. The third places the fellows with an experienced teacher, hired by the college as a full-time mentor. To date, the college has selected two such teachers who have demonstrated excellence in their professions to work as full-time mentors for a maximum of six fellows each.