The Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Education, and Arkansas public school districts to recruit, train, license, and support Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day.
Arkansas Teacher Corps aims to:
- Recruit passionate, committed individuals from diverse backgrounds and all majors to teach a critical shortage content area for three years in an ATC partner school
- Train, develop, and support Fellows as rigorous, data-literate, and culturally responsive classroom teachers
- Partner with schools and communities to provide a grow-your-own pathway to teacher licensure for non-certified school staff and dedicated community members
- Support students in realizing significant academic and social-emotional growth
Felix Rippy and 20 other highly-qualified selected fellows have, in July of 2020, completed the rigorous Arkansas Teacher Corps training program leading to k-12 licensure in various in-demand subject matter areas. The link below takes the viewer to the “Growth Presentation” given by Professor Rippy regarding technology in the classroom at the end of the 7-week program and is recommended for teaching professionals of all levels as more and more classes urgently move online because the video at this link deals with classroom technologies:
This presentation has also been featured on Medium.com at this web address: https://medium.com/@felixrippy_98293/arkansas-teacher-corps-felix-rippy-completes-7-week-summer-licensure-institute-14cb3653a547?source=friends_link&sk=cee859cfdd0bca84d5c6b3e9c4c9e20e
The ATC Summer Institute is a seven-week intensive training program that prepares Fellows to teach in high-need areas of Arkansas. Fellows gain foundational skills in four core areas of development: instruction, relationships, consciousness, and change. Institute combines authentic classroom experience in a summer school setting with professional learning communities, guest speakers, and community partnerships to facilitate the most transformative learning environment possible both for teachers and summer school students.