Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

http://www.andover.edu/SummerSessionOutreach/IFROTeachers/Pages/default.aspx

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers aims to reduce over time the critical underrepresentation on the faculties of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Each year, the institute supports throughout the graduate school application process outstanding college students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who are committed to these ideals. Each year, 25-30 interns are selected by the IRT to participate in an intense four-week summer workshop at Phillips Academy prior to or at the completion of their senior year of undergraduate study. The workshop typically runs for the month of July. Included in the workshop are lectures, seminar discussions, small group meetings, writing conferences, films, debates, practice teaching sessions and presentations by nationally known educators, scholars, poets and artists. During the Summer Workshop, IRT interns engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural and educational theory. Students prepare for the (GRE) and work on their statements of purpose. At the end of the third week in July, the IRT hosts its annual Recruiters' Weekend, attended by more than 60 academic deans and graduate admissions representatives from consortium institutions who are eager to speak with potential candidates about their graduate programs. The IRT recruits students from colleges and universities across the nation. Participants receive a $1,200 stipend, travel expenses (for those traveling by plane or train), and room and board. The Associate Program is geared toward rising seniors and recent college graduates who otherwise are engaged during the summer in study-abroad activities or research.