Wake Up! Student Empowerment Summit
Teach For America is an ever-evolving organization but unwavering in our core belief in educational equity. We have started to better comprehend the complexities of educational inequity and understand it to be a “social construct” affected by a plethora of realities and disparities. We also believe that we can change this construct if we can lead the students who are most negatively affected by educational inequity to path-changing and likely enduring academic growth. We believe that great teachers are key to this transformation. But for this long-term trajectory to work, we must put thoughtful consideration into the context of our students' lives, recognize what they bring to the table, and admit that academic achievement in a classroom alone is not enough.
Wake UP! engages Mecklenburg County students to act on educational equity issues and mobilizes their peers and communities to impact the educational system. During a six-month period, students come together to learn more about the state of education in Charlotte and surrounding areas, engage in dialogue and student-led experiences centered on identifying initiatives they can undertake to ensure educational equity for all students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. On March 22, 2014, the third annual Wake UP! Student Empowerment Summit highlighted these students’ reflections and brought together community members to discuss the current state of education in this great city and county and empower others to lend their voices and be advocates.
Conveniently located about one mile northeast of Uptown, the urban center of Charlotte, Plaza Midwood is often described as one of Charlotte’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Plaza Midwood was established in the 1920s as a “streetcar suburb,” and the area has experienced dramatic growth after reinvestment in the mid-1990s transformed unused buildings into funky restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Corps members who are looking for an interesting and diverse setting in Charlotte will enjoy everything that Plaza Midwood has to offer. Plaza Midwood’s neighborhood school, Shamrock Gardens Elementary, feeds into Teach For America placement schools at the middle and high school level.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Middle School English
- Middle School Math
- Middle School Social Studies
- Middle School Science
- High School English
- High School Math
- High School Science
- High School Social Studies
Teach For America corps members are considered Lateral Entry teachers in the state of North Carolina, and will be issued a provisional license. All Lateral entry teachers must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum 2.5 G.P.A., and a passing score on the PRAXIS II test. Teach For America corps members will have two options for full teaching certification: a Teach For America three-year licensure program that requires committing to a third year of teaching, or enrolling in a teacher education program at our university partner, UNC-Charlotte, and working towards full licensure.
If they choose, corps members can obtain a master's degree during their two-year commitment in Charlotte. UNC-Charlotte offers a master's of art in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program exclusively for Teach For America corps members. Corps members can also choose to enroll in the graduate certification/licensure program, which is completed in one year. An initial application fee of approximately $60 (subject to change at the discretion of UNCC) is required. More information about these options will be provided to corps members upon acceptance.