Certificated teachers who don't have a full-time position will be able to enhance their skills while working alongside St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 personnel under an Educator Intern Partnership, the district announced Wednesday.
The partnership aims to strengthen teaching practices in the classroom.
“The challenging economic times in which we live have created a situation that provides a unique opportunity,” District 303 Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann said in a press release. “There are qualified teaching candidates available but not enough placements for all of them. The intern partnership provides a way for future teachers to gain experience while they continue to seek a full-time position and at the same time gives District 303 another opportunity to further our mission.”
District 303 is making available one Educator Intern Partnership position at each of its 17 schools. Internship candidates must be certificated teachers to be considered, the district's release states. The unpaid internship requires a commitment for at least one semester – unless the intern secures a paid teaching position.
The interns will work with experienced educators at a specific school to strengthen instructional skills and gain additional classroom experience and knowledge.
“The partnership gives current teachers a means of strengthening their profession by mentoring and sharing their experience with the next generation of educators,” Pam Turriff, president of the St. Charles Education Association, said in the release.
Certificated educators interested in applying for the District 303 Educator Intern Partnership can find more information and begin the application process by visiting www.d303.org.