Education Fellows and VISTA’s
Are you passionate about working with students in Rhode Island’s urban districts?
Education Fellows teach in classrooms across the state, giving our Fellows experiences to launch their careers while making a difference in the lives of our students.
The Learning Community, an innovative urban public school in Rhode Island, offers The Education Fellows Program, a one-year opportunity for recent college graduates who seek professional experience in urban education and want to make a contribution to the lives of young learners. Education Fellows will make a clear and targeted impact on cohorts of students and their dreams for the future.
The Education Fellows Program enables enthusiastic, creative and dedicated individuals who are exploring careers in public education to fulfill meaningful roles in a dynamic urban school alongside experienced professional teachers and administrators. Fellows serve as academic tutors and get to see firsthand strategies in the classroom, at recess and after school that will help close the achievement gap.
Hear from some past Ed Fellows!
-Janet, Ed Fellow 2017 – 2018
-Richard, Ed Fellow 2016 – 2018
-Lydia, Ed Fellow 2017 – 2018
The VISTA Program
The Learning Community will host 4 AmeriCorps VISTAs during the 2019-2020 school year. Each VISTA will build capacity through systems & curriculum enhancement, family engagement, researching best practices for student health & wellness, and by strengthening partnerships with community art organizations and our partner schools. Our VISTA members play different capacity-building roles in our school community and see a lot of the behind-the-scenes work of making a school successful.
Read more about each of our VISTA positions for 2019-2020:
Communication & Development VISTA – The Communication & Development VISTA works with our school’s Leadership Team and Development team to update, improve and enhance our current systems and platforms for communications. This includes helping to: 1) Support the creation of a targeted outreach campaign to connect with a wider network of community leaders who will provide financial and/or experiential resources for our school and students. 2) Support the Director of IT and School Leadership with updating our online presence to ensure up-to-date and accurate information about the work that our school is doing. 3) Create an ongoing communication calendar for school events and marketing that can be used every year by researching various project management systems to find the best fit for yearlong communications coming from the school. This position is currently open and has a start date of September 3, 2019. Click here to apply!
Community Partnership VISTA – The Community Partnership VISTA will be in the first year of the VISTA position and will work on several projects to engage members in our community to support experience learning for our students. This VISTA will: 1) identify and recruit local health organizations to support the school’s health and social/emotional learning curriculum across all grade levels. 2) Generate a yearlong plan to engage external partnerships for elementary grades that enhance school curriculum on a grade-to-grade level. 3) Generate a year-long plan to engage external partnership for middle grades that will also enhance school curriculum. This VISTA will research, make contact and support the school with forming and maintaining these partnerships. This position will allow for our students to be exposed to more experiences that tie to the curriculum each grade level is using. This position is currently open and has a start date of September 3, 2019. Click here to apply!
School Culture VISTA – The School Culture VISTA will be in the first year of the VISTA position and will work on several projects during the first year. This VISTA will: 1) research high-quality curriculum to support teachers educating students on how to be valuable members of their community. 2) Gather student and teacher feedback, lead professional development and revise lessons based on teacher and student reflection. 3) Create a database of local-national issues related to race, gender, and class that are relevant to the community and engaging to students to support their learning about activism and social institutions. 4) Manage and recruit community partners to work with middle grade student during Community Responsibility Blocks to offer high quality education about their community. This VISTA will present their findings to the Middle Grade Director and work closely with the Middle Grade Teachers to support their understanding and implementation of the research this VISTA completes. This position is currently open and has a start date of September 3, 2019. Click here to apply!
Data & Research VISTA – The Data and Research VISTA will work in close collaboration with The Learning Community’s Director of Data and Information Systems to refine and analyze existing systems that are currently being used. Systems include data management to support teachers with their decision making regarding student performance, tracking statewide comparative data and proposing changes to the tools and study and documenting the school’s student enrollment and teacher assignment data systems. This position will be open in October 2019 for a start date of February 2020.
VISTA Member Benefits
Benefits include extensive training, health coverage, a living stipend, child care allowance, student loan forbearance and other benefits. Members are eligible for an education award of $6,095 upon completion of a year of service or a cash stipend of $1,800. Please visit the VISTA Campus website for more information about serving as a VISTA.