Shady Hill apprentices. They assist in the teaching. They offer skilled support. They bring a fresh perspective and another set of eyes to the classroom. And they engage their directing teachers (DTs) in conversations about the how and why of things. For DTs, apprentices’ questions stimulate discussion and reflection, which serves as a powerful form of professional development. “I always learn something new from collaborating with an apprentice,” says Grade VII gradehead and DT George Langdon.
Shady Hill's internationally known Teacher Training Center (TTC) is a campus-based, graduate-level, teacher-preparation program that provides aspiring teachers with well-guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms. Each TTC apprentice works side-by-side with a DT to discover what teaching is all about. DTs provide supervised teaching, observation, and mentoring. In parallel, weekly workshops, seminars, and SHS faculty-led graduate courses on differentiation, classroom management, and curriculum development hone apprentices’ capabilities.
All apprentices work toward licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Education, which recently approved Shady Hill to endorse its apprentices and faculty in three new areas: 5–12 Tech and Engineering, 5–12 History, and 8–12 Mathematics. In addition, most apprentices participate in a partnering master's program at Lesley University or Boston University.